This Week in the Viking Age

This calendar will expand as the year progresses.
January
22 January 871Battle of Basing.
23 January 1045Marriage Edward the Confessor and Edith of Wessex.
January 770Saxons destroy the church of Saint Lebuinus
in Deventer, Frisia.
February
3 February 865Death of Ansgar, Archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen.
3 February 1014Death of Sweyn I ‘Forkbeard’, King of Denmark
and England.
11 February 881Coronation of Charles III ‘The Fat’, King of the
West Franks, as Holy Roman Emperor.
14 February 842The Oaths of Strasbourg. A peace treaty between
Charles II ‘the Bald’ and Louis II ‘the German’.
14 February 1077Excommunication of Henry IV,
Holy Roman Emperor, by the Pope.
February 880Battle of Thiméon
February 888Coronation of Odo I, King of the West Franks.
March
2 March 986Death of Lothair of France, King of the
West Franks.
2 March 1127Murder of Charles I ‘the Good’, Count of Flanders.
6 March 1052Death of Emma of Normandy. Queen of England,
Denmark and Norway
17 March 1040Death of Harald I ‘Harefoot’, King of England.
18 March 978Murder of Edward the Martyr, King of England.
21 March 867Death of Ælla and Osberht (Northumbria)
fighting the Vikings in York.
22 March 871Battle of Marton. Saxons v Vikings.
The Vikings win.
29 March 845Siege of Paris. The Vikings leave with ransom
money from the Parisians.
April
3 April 1043Coronation of Edward the Confessor as
King of England, with support of the Vikings.
5 April 1081Coronation of Alexios Komnenor as
Byzantine Emperor.
10 April 837Halley’s Comet races past earth at close range.
11 April 882Battle of Remich. Vikings fight the Franks.
15 April 1053Death of Godwin, Earl of Wessex.
16 April 778Birth of Louis I ’the Pious’ of France.
Son of Charlemagne and Hildegard.
16 April 1117Murder of Magnus Erlendsson (aka Saint Magnus),
son of the Jarl of Orkney.
17 April 1080Death of Harald Whetstone, son of Sweyn II
of Denmark.
18 April 796Death of Aethelred I, King of Northumbria.
19 April 1012Murder of St Aelfheah (or Alphege), Archbishop
of Canterbury, by the Danish Viking army.
23 April 871Death of Æthelred I, King of Wessex.
23 April 1014Battle of Clontarf. Brian Boru against Irish and
Norsemen. Boru wins and dies.
23 April 1014Death of Sigurd the Stout, Earl of the Orkneys,
at the battle of Clontarf.
23 April 1016Death of King Æthelred II ‘the Unready’,
King of England.
23 April 1016Edmund Ironside crowned King of
England. Son of Æthelred the Unready.
23 April 1066Halley’s Comet visible. Embroidered on the
Bayeux Tapestry.
28 April 1076Death of Magnus II, King of Norway.
April 978Coronation of Æthelred the Unready as
King of England.
April 1080Coronation of Cnut II ‘the Holy’ as
King of Denmark.
May
4 May 1008Birth of Henry I, later King of England.
5 May 1010Battle of Ringmere. An East Anglian fyrd 
fights Sweyn Forkbeard. The Danes win.
6 May 973Birth of Henry II, known as Saint Henry the
Exuberant, later Holy Roman Emperor.
7 May 973Death of Otto I, King of the East Franks and
Holy Roman Emperor.
9 May 1016Battle of Brentford. Cnut the Great fights
Edmund Ironside. The Anglo-Saxons wins.
11 May 973Coronation of Edgar the Peaceful,
King of England.
11 May 1068Coronation of Matilda of Flanders, wife of
William the Conqueror, as Queen of England.
19 May 1016Cnut the Great, son of Sweyn Forkbeard,
successfully invades England.
19 May 1024Death of Alcuin of York who was famous for
his letters about the attack on Lindisfarne.
21 May 996Coronation of Otto III as Holy Roman Emperor.
23 May 1052Birth of Philip I, King of France.
26 May 946Death of Edmund I, King of England.
28 May 1023Death of Wulfstan II ‘Lupus’, Archbishop of York.
May 941Rus’-Byzantine War. Igor I of Kiev fights the
Byzantines. The Byzantines win.
June
2 June 958Death of Oda ‘the Good’, Archbishop of Canterbury.
4 June 1134Death of Magnus I, King of Sweden.
7 June 929Death of Ælfthryth, Countess of Flanders and
daughter of Alfred the Great.
8 June 900Coronation of Edward ‘the Elder’, son of
Alfred the Great.
8 June 1042Death of Harthacnut, the last Scandinavian ruler
of England.
12 June 918Death of Aethelflæd, Lady of Mercia, daughter of
Alfred the Great.
13 June 823Birth of Charles II ‘the Bald’, King of the West Franks
and Italy, Holy Roman Emperor.
13 June 839Birth of Charles III ‘the Fat’, King of the West Franks
and Aquitane, King of Italy and Holy Roman
Emperor.
15 June 923Death of Robert I, King of the Franks.
15 June 960Death of St Eadburh of Winchester.
15 June 1184Death of Magnus V Erlingsson, King of Norway.

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