Bjorn Ironside (also spelt Björn Ironside; Old Norse Bjǫrn Járnsíða) is a legendary Viking who in the stories surrounding him raids alongside his brothers and his father, the Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok. While the legends mentioning...
Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was a French neo-impressionist painter whose vivid paintings with their flat, bold colours and use of mystical and ambiguous symbols revolutionised art. Never quite gaining success in his own lifetime...
The Vikings were originally diverse Scandinavian seafarers from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark (though other nationalities were later involved) whose raids and subsequent settlements significantly impacted the cultures of Europe and were felt...
Charlemagne (Charles the Great, also known as Charles I, l. 742-814) was King of the Franks (r. 768-814), King of the Franks and Lombards (r. 774-814), and Holy Roman Emperor (r. 800-814). He is among the best-known and most influential figures...
Viking warfare, along with its key component of raiding, is inextricably connected with the expansion of Scandinavian influence along the North Atlantic and into the Mediterranean in the Viking Age (c. 790-1100 CE), where the Vikings' heavy...
Menelaus (also Menelaos) is a figure from ancient Greek mythology and literature who was the king of Sparta and the husband of beautiful Helen, whose abduction by the Trojan prince Paris sparked off the legendary Trojan War. The story is...
Mosaic of the Judgement of Paris
A Roman floor mosaic depicting the judgement of Paris, Antioch, Syria. 115-150 CE. (Louvre, Paris)
Coronation of Henry VI of England in Paris
A 15th century CE illustration of the coronation of Henry VI of England as the king of France (Henry II) in Notre-Dame de Paris on 16 December 1431 CE. From the 'Chroniques d'Angleterre' by Jean de Wavrin. (National Library of France, Paris...
Odo & the Siege of Paris
A painting by Jean-Victor Schnetz (1787–1870) of Odo of Paris defending Paris during the siege by the Vikings in 885 CE (Palace of Versailles, France)
Return of Louis XVI to Paris After Varennes
Depicts the return of Louis XVI and his family to Paris after their failed escape, 25 June 1791. By Jean Duplessis-Bertaux, c. 1791.