The Creepy Way the Black Death Came to Norway

In the mid 1300s, the Black Death emerged in central Asia and crept steadily across the known World. As the Black Plague claimed people from the near east and southern Europe, the Norse in Scandinavian countries thought they were safe from it. Until it came to them in the most creepiest way.  Creepy enough that it seems more of a cliche’ for a horror movie. Through records and research, we know how the Black Death spread through Europe during the 1340s. We know the bacteria that causes the plague lives in rats and we know fleas from the infected rats spread…

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Muslim Vikings? Northmen in the Islamic World.

There are many documented encounters between the Muslim World and the Viking World. Although recent events has left many Scandinavians with mixed feelings about their relationship with the Islamic world; the relationship between the Nordic world and the Islamic world goes way back further than most would expect. Far enough back that their histories are actually intermingled with one another. In March of 2015, news regarding the discovery of a ring found on a Viking woman in an ancient burial ground with the inscription ‘For/To Allah’ erupted in mainstream media everywhere. The ring itself wasn’t a new…

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Norse Trade, more Bang for the Buck

For as long as history can trace, the Norse have been well known as great traders. Their trade reach extended all the way to the Far East, through Russia and the Black Sea, to the Middle East. Regular trade thrived throughout Europe and in the Mediterranean. The Volga trade route along the Volga River connected Norse tradesmen all the way to the southern shores of the Caspian Sea to trade with Muslim countries, sometimes as far as Baghdad through the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers trade routes. The reach of the…

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