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Aethelred the Unready (968-1016)

Welcome to the ‘Civilisation’ blog series. This is my attempt to categorise some of history’s most famous (and infamous) names. Sometimes it’s serious and sometimes it’s silly. 927 more words

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Stalking Olaf

In 2011 I went to Norway, specifically to a town on the west coast called Trondheim, Norway’s third “most populous municipality”. I know there are technical differences but for simplicity, let’s call it Norway’s third biggest city. 561 more words

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Seething Lane

When we visited London last year, I saw the name Seething Lane and was rather amused by it… I didn’t even go down it as we were on our way to somewhere else. 287 more words

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999 Years Since the Battle of Nesjar

Olaf Haraldsson used the sword to gain control over Norway. (Illustrating Photo: Museum of Cultural History)

Today, exactly 999 years ago, was the Battle of Nesjar which is considered the first accurate dated event in Norwegian history. 288 more words


At the End of the Day

The rake’s Progress

You won’t be aware of this, but The Slog is now just four posts away from the 500th ATEOTD.

This genre wanders between the meaning of the Universe, why one’s socks always slip off in wellies, what… 651 more words

At The End Of The Day

Roger Mickelson's History Today 4/23/14

In 1014, Brian, High King of the Irish, was killed following the decisive battle at Clontarf, near Dublin. Brian, now 73, was too old to take active part, and the victory was won by his son Murchad who defeated an army led by the King of Leinster. 456 more words


Why London Bridge fell down

This day in London’s history: on the 13th of November 1002, the St Brice’s Day massacre took place. Following a number of years of Danish invasion, King Ethelred the Unready ordered the killing of Danes throughout England; the Danes continued to have a strong presence in England and could be the inspiration behind the nursery rhyme ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’. 143 more words

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