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Anglo Saxon: Housecarl In the early-11th century, following his conquest of the English kingdom in 1016, King Cnut appears to have introduced a new form of ‘professional’ warrior closely tied to the royal house. The housecarls (huscarle) were the elite forces close to the king and royal family, ready to fight and die for them.

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Viking Gargoyle Animal heads like this 11th century carving can be found throughout Ireland and England and display the powerful artistic contribution of the Viking culture to these countries.  The animal depicted is most likely a wolf, now vanished from these regions, but at one time an important animal in Celtic-Norse iconography.

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Reconstructions of Anglo-Saxon and Viking bonework. Buckles, strap-ends, combs, cloak pins, needles and needle case.

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The scandinavian necklace of the 11th century with a symbol of a falcon that in details was reproduced in the arc of The Rurik Dynasty in Russia, in the earliest times of their monarchy

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Robert III,King of Scotland. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=scotland&view=detail&id=98DD7C0DBB67BEF5D33807F63E62D16936098A35&first=301&FORM=IDFRIR

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Credit: Hair pins, Viking, c.9th-11th century (bronze), Viking, (9th century) / Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK / The Bridgeman Art Library

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from Mail Online

Treasures of the Vikings

Religion: Despite their pagan origins, the Vikings were converted to Christianity in the 10th and 11th centuries and started creating cross-shaped artifacts

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