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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:47 AM

Rebirth of the Viking warship that may have helped Canute conquer the seas

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When the sleek, beautiful silhouette of Roskilde 6 appeared on the horizon, 1,000 years ago, it was very bad news. The ship was part of a fleet carrying an army of hungry, thirsty warriors, muscles toned by rowing and sailing across the North Sea; a war machine like nothing else in 11th-century Europe, its arrival meant disaster was imminent.

Now the ship's timbers are slowly drying out in giant steel tanks at the Danish national museum's conservation centre at Brede outside Copenhagen, and will soon again head across the North Sea – to be a star attraction at an exhibition in the British Museum.

The largest Viking warship ever found, it was discovered by chance in 1996 at Roskilde. It is estimated that building it would have taken up to 30,000 hours of skilled work, plus the labour of felling trees and hauling materials. At just over 36 metres, it was four metres longer than Henry VIII's flagship Mary Rose built 500 years later, and six metres longer than the Viking ship spectacularly recreated as Sea Stallion, which sailed from Scandinavia around Scotland to Dublin in 2007.

"This ship was a troop carrier," said Gareth Williams of the British Museum. It was built some time after 1025 when the oak trees were felled, and held 100 warriors taking turns on 39 pairs of oars if there was not enough wind to fill the square woollen sail. They would have been packed in tightly, sleeping as they could between the seats, with little room for supplies except a minimal amount of fresh water – or ale or mead, which would not have gone stale as fast – and dried salt mutton.


For Canute see here :

Cnut the Great[2] (Old Norse: Knútr inn ríki;[3] c. 985 or 995 – 12 November 1035), more commonly known as Canute, was a king of Denmark, England, Norway and parts of Sweden. After the death of his heirs within a decade of his own and the Norman conquest of England in 1066, his legacy was largely lost to history. Historian Norman F. Cantor has made the paradoxical statement that he was "the most effective king in Anglo-Saxon history", despite his not being Anglo-Saxon.[4]

Cnut was of Danish and Slavic descent. His father was Sweyn Forkbeard, King of Denmark (which gave Cnut the patronym Sweynsson, Old Norse Sveinsson). Cnut's mother was the daughter of the first duke of the Polans, Mieszko I; her name may have been Świętosława (see: Sigrid Storråda),[5][6][7] but the Oxford DNB article on Cnut states that her name is unknown.[8]

As a prince of Denmark, Cnut won the throne of England in 1016 in the wake of centuries of Viking activity in northwestern Europe. His accession to the Danish throne in 1018 brought the crowns of England and Denmark together. Cnut held this power-base together by uniting Danes and Englishmen under cultural bonds of wealth and custom, rather than sheer brutality. After a decade of conflict with opponents in Scandinavia, Cnut claimed the crown of Norway in Trondheim in 1028. The Swedish city Sigtuna was held by Cnut.[9] He had coins struck which called him king there, but there is no narrative record of his occupation.

The kingship of England lent the Danes an important link to the maritime zone between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland, where Cnut like his father before him had a strong interest and wielded much influence among the Gall-Ghaedhil.[10]


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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 06:23 AM

1. du rec. nt

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:20 AM

2. It loooks like another British Museum visit is in my future.


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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:49 AM

3. I love our museums here too.

In more modern day stuff - about 15 years the Victoria and Albert shipped a substantial part of the Larsson's home in Sweden here for an exhibition. http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/journals/conservation-journal/issue-25/preparations-for-carl-and-karin-larsson-creators-of-the-swedish-style/

Carl Larsson :

In 1888 the young family was given a small house, named Little Hyttnäs, in Sundborn by Karin's father Adolf Bergöö. Carl and Karin decorated and furnished this house according to their particular artistic taste and also for the needs of the growing family.

Through Larsson's paintings and books this house has become one of the most famous artist's homes in the world, transmitting the artistic taste of its creators and making it a major line in Swedish interior design. The descendants of Carl and Karin Larsson now own this house and keep it open for tourists each summer from May until October.


If you search Carl & Karin Larsson and then hit images you'll get the drift.

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Mon Dec 31, 2012, 04:22 PM

4. dipsydoodle


If you really want to discover a real Viking ship, you have to travel to Oslo and the Viking Museum there - a real size Viking ship, The Gokstad ship is there for all to se http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viking_Ship_Museum_(Oslo) And it is still a amazing ship to behold.. You can also look at some of the treasures from when the ship, and the occupant was buried hundreds of years ago - it is still some of the best known items in Norway from this age.

Canute or Cnut the great was one of the most mighty vikings kings ever to rule Norway, Denmark and parts of Sweden thats true - And he ruled also parts of England for a long while.. After the Norman conquest of England in 1066 he might have been going down in history as just another king, but as many of his ancestors, he was not just another king - he was one of the most mighty kings in English history - and even when everyone told him that he was great, he had the knowledge to be vice enough to stand on his two feet's instead of whirling around in the Skye..


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