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Erik Bloodaxe

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(d. 954),

king of York (947–54). Erik was the last Scandinavian ruler of the short‐lived kingdom of York. Son of Harold Fairhair of Norway, he was a typical battle‐leader. Expelled...

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jarldom of Orkney

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From the late 9th cent. the fertile Orkney islands were the locus for a Norse jarldom, for centuries the dominant power in northern Scotland. Orkney had been the seat of a Pictish...

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kingdom of York

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The Viking kingdom of York has attracted great attention since the Coppergate excavations revealed so much about Jorvik and its inhabitants. In 867 York was seized by Danish raiders from...

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