Category: History

10 Interesting Facts You Should Know About The Normans

Below is a list of 10 interesting facts you should know about the Normans, a people of renowned warriors, conquerors, and kings. 10. Northern origins The Normans did indeed come from the north. Under the leadership of a reputed Norse warlord by the name Hrólfr Ragnvaldsson (also known as Rollo or Robert), who was born in…


The History Of Sweden Throughout The Eventful Viking Period

In the time of the Viking Age Sweden was fragmented into many petty kingdoms (also known as earldoms) ruled each by a local chieftain, although, according to semi-legendary history, there might have been renowned monarchs who ruled parts of the realms of what is now Sweden (along with Denmark and Norway) such as Ragnar Lothbrok…


Could There Have Actually Been Finns Among The Vikings?

Very much unlike the cases of early medieval Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands, documentation regarding the Viking Age in Finland is very scarce. Possibly with the exception of the Åland Islands (an autonomous Swedish-speaking archipelago situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, Baltic Sea), there is little information on how the Viking period…


Byriġ: The Early Medieval Anglo-Saxon Fortified Settlements

The Byrig (singular form in Old English: Burh/Burg; pronunciation: [‘burx]) were a series of Anglo-Saxon fortified settlements of the 9th century built as defensive strongholds against the incursions of the Norsemen (mainly Danish Vikings) who had been recurrently raiding and plundering the Anglian kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia. The vast majority of these early medieval forts were…


The Viking Siege Of Paris (885-886) And Its Historical Aftermath

The Siege of Paris of 885-886 was conducted by a numerous army of possibly tens of thousands of Norwegian and Danish warriors embarked on hundreds of longships (and other Viking Age vessels) along the course of the river Seine. The siege was the second of its kind on behalf of the Norsemen after a Danish…