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October 10 2012

The English inspired Vikings to build cities


When Danish Vikings sailed across the North Sea and conquered England, they left their mark on the English language and place names. Thatís common knowledge, at least to historians.

Whatís perhaps less known is that the influence cut both ways. Although England was under Danish rule in the Viking Age, the English were culturally and politically more sophisticated than their neighbours to the east.

Historian Marie Bønløkke Spejlborg was one of the more than 300 Norse mythology researchers who attended the 15th International Saga Conference held recently in Aarhus, Denmark.

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