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Age of the Vikings
"Far from being just 'wild, barbaric, axe-wielding pirates', the Vikings created complex social institutions, oversaw the coming of Christianity to Scandinavia and made a major impact on European history. How much do you know about the Vikings?."
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What name was given to the eastern region of England, conquered and occupied by the Danish armies in the ninth centuary, which had its own legal customs and laws?
Town of Luda's People
Which Viking raider founded the duchy of Normandy in the tenth century?
Which naval battle off the south-west of Norway late in the ninth century enabled Harald Fine-Hair to unite the whole of Norway under a single crown?
What was the name of the fortified military encampment on the Baltic coast which was the headquarters of the Jomsvikings, the semi-legendary professional warriors in the tenth century whose adventures are recounted in Jomsviking Saga?
What Scottish historical novelist published, in 1817, a long narrative poem set in Viking times, 'Harold the Dauntless'?
In which Danish fjord were five eleventh-century Viking ships discovered and excavated in the 1960s?
What is the name of the excavated site in Newfoundland which has been identified as a small Viking settlement dating from the Norse discovery and attempted colonisation of North America c.1000?
L'Anse aux Meadows
What is the name of the Neolithic burial mound on the mainland of Orkney which contains twenty-four runic inscriptions dating from the twelfth century?
Which tenth-century king of Denmark erected the great three-sided rune-stone at Jelling, in Jutland, in memory of his father Gorm Gamli ("the old") and mother Thyri, whom he describes as "Denmark's Glory"?
Cnut the Great
Harald "Bluetooth" Gormsson
What is the name of the annual fire festival in Shetland, held in Lerwick on the last Tuesday of January?
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