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Viking Raids in Britain
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

Viking Raids in Britain

The Viking raids and subsequent settlements define the period known as the Viking Age in Britain which had profound consequences on the development of the culture and language. The raids started in June of 793 CE when three ships docked at...
Vikings TV Series Characters: History & Legend
Collectionby Joshua J. Mark

Vikings TV Series Characters: History & Legend

The History Channel's Vikings (2013-present) is historical fiction drawing on characters and events from the Viking Age (c. 790 - c. 1100 CE) and focusing primarily on the legendary Viking leader Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons. Created and...
Charles the Simple
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Charles the Simple

Charles the Simple (Charles III of France, l. 879-929 CE, r. 893-923 CE) was king of West Francia (roughly modern-day France) toward the end of the period of Viking raids in the region. His epithet `the simple' refers to his habit of being...
Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette
Definitionby Harrison W. Mark

Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette

Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette (l. 1757-1834), more commonly known in the United States as simply Lafayette, was a French aristocrat, military officer, and politician. He was a major figure in both the...
Map of the Frankish Kingdoms AD 511
Imageby Peter Kessler

Map of the Frankish Kingdoms AD 511

The founder of the Merovingian Frankish kingdom was Clovis. He followed an aggressive policy of conquest to build up the kingdom over much of modern France, but his death in 511 saw his realm chopped up into several smaller kingdoms. It...
Helen (Play)
Definitionby Avi Kapach

Helen (Play)

Helen is a Greek tragedy by Euripides (c. 484-407 BCE). It is usually thought to have first been performed at the Great Dionysia of 412 BCE and was part of the trilogy that included Euripides' lost Andromeda. Helen recounts an unusual version...
Coronation of Henry VI of England in Paris
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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
Imageby Jean-Victor Schnetz

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)
Mosaic of the Judgement of Paris
Imageby Carole Raddato

Mosaic of the Judgement of Paris

A Roman floor mosaic depicting the judgement of Paris, Antioch, Syria. 115-150 CE. (Louvre, Paris)
Luxor Obelisk, Paris
Imageby Dennis Jarvis

Luxor Obelisk, Paris

The Luxor Obelisk, also known as 'Cleopatra's Needle', in Place de la Concorde, Paris.
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