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The Battle of Poltava

King Oscar II of Sweden and Norway in the Crown of Eric XIV, the main symbol of the Swedish king. He was the last crowned Swedish king. - Oscar II of Sweden painted by Oscar Björck - Crown jewels - Wikipedia

An elderly, bearded man in ornate robes, wearing a jewelled crown surmounted by a cross, looks straight out of the picture.

ALWAYS AND FOREVER, Norse Rune Love Spell Ring, Sterling Silver Wedding, Commitment Band. $59.99, via Etsy.

ALWAYS AND FOREVER, Norse Rune Love Spell Ring, Sterling Silver Wedding, Commitment Band. $59.99, via Etsy.

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När Finland var Sverige (häftad)

När Finland var Sverige (häftad)

Article about British finds that support the theory that there were far more female Viking invader types to England than previously thought.  Previous analysis of grave goods led some scholars to believe that there were more men than women.  More modern techniques have allowed for skeletal and DNA analysis, showing that the Viking invaders were often buried with sword and (if applicable) board -- no matter their gender.  Women are now believed to comprise from 33%-50% of these burials.

Invasion of the viking women unearthed – So much for Hagar the Horrible with his stay-at-home wife Helga. Viking women may have equaled men moving to England in medieval invasions, suggests a look at ancient burials.

Viking Shield found in September 2008 - Wooden parts of a near-complete Viking shield have been found at the Viking ring-fortress of Trelleborg near Slagelse in Denmark. The 85 cm broad shield is made of seven fir planks, 8mm thick near the centre but thinning to 5mm at the edges. Patches of blue and white staining are visible on the boards and further testing may determine whether they are man-made, or just natural discoloration from the soil. Any leather facing which may have existed does…

Viking Shield found in September 2008 - Wooden parts of a near-complete Viking shield have been found at the Viking ring-fortress of Trelleborg near Slagelse in Denmark. The 85 cm broad shield is made of seven fir planks, thick near the centre but thi