Monday, 26 March 2012

Vikings: Raiders, Traders and Settlers - Online Course


University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education
Mon 14 May to Fri 27 Jul 2012

Ravagers, despoilers, pagans, heathens - the Vikings are usually regarded as bloodthirsty seafaring pirates, whose impact on Europe was one of fear and terror. As they plundered the British Isles and the north Atlantic, these pagan invaders were seen by their Christian victims as a visitation from God.

Yet the Vikings were also traders, settlers and farmers with a highly developed artistic culture and legal system. Their network of trade routes stretching from Greenland to Byzantium and their settlements, resulted in the creation of the Duchy of Normandy in France, the foundation of the Kingdom of Russia in Kiev and Novgorod as well as the development of Irish towns including Cork, Dublin and Limerick.

This course will use recent findings from archaeology together with documentary records, to examine these varied aspects of the Viking world and to give a detailed and balanced view of this fascinating period.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Slovakia's Krasna Horka castle destroyed in fire


A massive fire has swept through one of the best-preserved castles in Slovakia, destroying much of the historic building.

Smoke was spotted billowing from Krasna Horka after the final tour of the building on Saturday, and it is thought many precious artefacts kept at the castle may have been lost.

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Slovakian medieval castle burns down - video


Krasna Horka, a 14th century castle in eastern Slovakia went up in flames on Saturday. The accident is thought to have been caused by dry, cut grass that caught fire. The blaze, near Rožňava town in Kosice region, destroyed the building's roof, as well as its interior

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