On This Day In The Viking Age
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25 December


800 – Coronation of Charlemagne

On this day, Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III in Rome.


855 – Coronation of Edmund the Martyr

On this day, Edmund was crowned king of East Anglia. Later, he would be known as Edmund the Martyr. Read about Edmund.


875 – Coronation of Charles the Bald

On this day, Charles was crowned king of Italy and Holy Roman Emperor by Pope John VIII.


884 – Battle of Norditi (Hilgenried Bay)

The Annals of Fulda report of this battle in the same year it happened. The Danes attacked East Frisia (nowadays Germany) from base camps they had established in the area. The Frisians received help from the Archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen and they defeated the Danes together.

See the article on Frisia Coasttrail.

1000 – Coronation of Stephen I

On this day, Stephen was crowned as the first ever king of Hungary.


1013 – Coronation of Sweyn Forkbeard

On this day, Sweyn was crowned king of England and ruled an impressive realm including Denmark and Norway. He was only able to enjoy this feat a few days before he passed away.


1017 – Coronation of Cnut the Great

After his successful invasion of England, the English nobles recognised Cnut as their king in January of this year. However, he was only crowned on this Christmas day.


1025 – Coronation of Mieszko II

On this day, Mieszko was crowned king of Poland. His kingship would prove a difficult time.


1046 – Coronation of Henry III

On this day, Henry III of Germany was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Clement II.


1066 – Coronation of William the Conqueror

On this day, William, Duke of Normandy, was crowned king of England. It was the end of the Viking Age in England and the start of the Norman period.

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