This Year in the Viking Age

This calendar will expand as the year progresses.

8th Century

January, 770Saxons destroy the church of Saint Lebuinus
in Deventer, Frisia.
16 April 778Birth of Louis I ’the Pious’ of France. Son
of Charlemagne and Hildegard.
18 April 796Death of Æthelred I, King of Northumbria.

9th Century

8 July 810Death of Pepin, son of Charlemagne.
17 July 819Feast of Saint Kenelm of Mercia.
13 June 823Birth of Charles II ‘the Bald’, King of the West Franks
and Italy, Holy Roman Emperor.
10 April 837Halley’s Comet races past earth at the closest range
13 June 839Birth of Charles III ‘the Fat’, King of the West Franks
and Aquitane, King of Italy and Holy Roman Emperor.
25 June 841Battle of Fontenoy.
14 February 842The Oaths of Strasbourg.
24 June 843Viking Raid on Nantes.
29 March 845Siege of Paris.
3 February 865Death of Ansgar, Archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen.
2 July 866Battle of Brissarthe.
21 March 867Death of Ælla of Northumbria and Osberht of
22 January 871Battle of Basing.
22 March 871Battle of Marton.
23 April 871Death of Æthelred I, King of Wessex.
February 880Battle of Thiméon.
Coronation of Charles III ‘The Fat’, King of the
West Franks as Holy Roman Emperor.
11 April 882Battle of Remich. Vikings fight the Franks.
June 885Murder of Gudfred, Duke of Frisia.
February 888Coronation of Odo I, King of the West Franks.
30 June 888Death of Æthelred, Archbishop of Canterbury.

10th Century

8 June 900Coronation of Edward ‘the Elder’, son of
Alfred the Great.
20 July 911Siege of Chartres. Rollo Lodbrok and his Viking
army fight the Franks.
12 June 918Death of Æthelflæd, Lady of Mercia, daughter
of Alfred the Great.
15 June 923Death of Robert I, King of the Franks.
17 July 924Death of Edward the Elder, King of England.
12 July 927Treaty between Scots and Anglo-Saxons.
7 June 929Death of Ælfthryth, Countess of Flanders and
daughter of Alfred the Great.
2 July 936Death of Henry ‘the Fowler’, King of East Francia.
2 July 936Coronation of Otto I as King of East Francia.
May 941Rus’-Byzantine War. Igor I of Kiev fights the
Byzantines. The Byzantines win.
26 May 946Death of Edmund I, King of England.
2 June 958Death of Oda ‘the Good’, Archbishop of Canterbury.
15 June 960Death of St Eadburh of Winchester.
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.
11 May 973Coronation of Edgar the Peaceable, King of England.
8 July 975Death of Edgar the Peaceable, king of England.
18 March 978Assassination of Edward the Martyr, King of England.
April 978Coronation of Æthelred the Unready, son of Edgar the
Peaceable, crowned King of England.
2 March 986Death of Lothair of France, King of the West Franks.
3 July 987Coronation of Hugh Capet as King of the Franks.
21 May 996Coronation of Otto III as Holy Roman Emperor.

11th Century

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.
19 April 1012Murder of St Aelfheah (or Alphege), Archbishop of
Canterbury, by the Danish Viking army.
3 February 1014Death of Sweyn I ‘Forkbeard’, King of Denmark and
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.
15 July 1015Death of Vladimir the Great, Grand Prince of Kiev.
23 April 1016Death of King Æthelred II ‘the Unready’, King of
23 April 1016Coronation of Edmund Ironside as King of England.
Son of Æthelred the Unready.
9 May 1016Battle of Brentford. Cnut the Great fights Edmund
Ironside. The Anglo-Saxons wins.
19 May 1016Cnut the Great, son of Sweyn Forkbeard, successfully
invades England.
28 May 1023Death of Wulfstan II ‘Lupus’, Archbishop of York.
19 May 1024Death of Alcuin of York who was famous for his
letters about the attack on Lindisfarne.
13 July 1024Death of Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor.
3 July 1035William the Conqueror succeeds his father as Duke
of Normandy.
29 June 1036Marriage of Henry III of Germany and Gunhild, the
daughter of Cnut the Great and Emma of Normandy.
18 July 1038Death of Gunhild, daughter of Cnut the Great and
Emma of Normandy, wife of Henry III of Germany.
17 March 1040Death of Harald Harefoot, King of England.
June 1040Emma of Normandy and her son Harthacnut, King
of Denmark, return to England after Harald
Harefoot’s death.
June 1040Coronation of Harthacnut III, son of Cnut the
Great, as King of England.
8 June 1042Death of Harthacnut, the last Scandinavian ruler
of England.
3 April 1043Coronation of Edward the Confessor as King of
England with support of the Vikings.
23 January 1045Marriage of Edward the Confessor and Edith of
6 March 1052Death of Emma of Normandy. Queen of England,
Denmark and Norway. Wife of Aethelred II ‘The
Unready’ and Cnut I ‘The Great’.
23 May 1052Birth of Philip I, King of France.
15 April 1053Death of Godwin, Earl of Wessex.
23 April 1066Halley’s Comet visible. Embroidered on the
Bayeux Tapestry.
11 May 1068Coronation of Matilda of Flanders, wife of William
the Conqueror, as Queen of England.
28 April 1076Death of Magnus II, King of Norway.
14 February 1077Excommunication of Henry IV, Holy Roman
Emperor, by the Pope.
14 July 1077The Bayeux Tapestry goes on its first display at
the dedication of Bayeux Cathedral.
Coronation of Cnut II ‘the Holy’ as King of Denmark.
17 April 1080Death of Harald Whetstone, son of Sweyn II of
29 June 1080Treaty of Ceprano. Peace between the Pope and
the Normans after the Norman conquest of southern
5 April 1081Coronation of Alexios Komnenor as Byzantine
10 July 1086Murder of Cnut the Holy, king of Denmark.
June-July 1098Battle of Anglesey Sound. Magnus ‘Barefoot’ fights
the Anglo-Saxon (Normans). Magnus wins.

12th Century

10 July 1103Death of Erik I, King of Denmark.
16 April 1117Murder of Magnus Erlendsson (aka Saint Magnus),
son of the Jarl of Orkney.
2 March 1127Murder of Charles I ‘the Good’, Count of Flanders.
4 June 1134Death of Magnus I, King of Sweden.
15 June 1184Death of Magnus V Erlingsson, King of Norway.

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