Viking Age Geometry

Capability It could not have been possible to build the longships – or make their sails – without an arithmetic and geometric capability. Even the most visually and spatially capable person must, at some stage, record an idea, or communicate with lesser...

Domesday Data Implications

I have recently discovered Domesday England, edited by Professor Henry Clifford Darby, with contributions from  I.B. Terrett, Eila M.J. Campbell, I.S. Maxwell, R. Welldon Finn and G.R. Versey, first published by the Cambridge University Press in 1977. This was the...

What no women?

  The Ulster annals, together with the sagas and DNA studies imply that the previously deserted Iceland was populated from about the year 800 AD onwards by Scandinavians and people from the British Isles, the latter being thought to have been mainly female slaves (Jon...

Literacy and Christianity

A young Danish soldier, stepping from a ship onto the shore of East Anglia in 866 would probably never have seen a book. He would equally never have seen or touched a page of skin bearing ink markings of cursive script. He would have been familiar with runes, slashed...

Belief Rituals

Whilst the writings in the Eddas and Sagas present a jumble of romantic (and perhaps) metaphorical ideas, the material finds of archaeologists, and the recordings of monks and other contemporary writers provide evidence of a slightly more certain kind. In Chapter 18...
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