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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2004 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

anneke wrote:
I didn't think that 7th century was part of the Medieval period. But I just saw a reference stating that this period covered 500-1450AD.

"For me" the medieval era starts with Clovis (Chlodovech, 500AD), the first major king of the Frankish tribe, seizing control over contemporary Belgium, Holland, France and parts of Spain and Germany. He's really the one saying "okidoki, Romans, you're finished here" and installing a new empire of his own. That's a clear break with the past, I think. But it's true the Medieval era mostly is said to begin with Charles the Great (800AD).

my Celtic (not all of the Netherlands was over-run by Germanic tribes, there's still a chance Wink ) co-vizier wrote:
I read somewhere that the weapons found at Sutton Hoo were Swedish. Wouldn't that firmly link this burial with the Vikings? Not to mention the fact that it's a boat burial. That's a Viking ritual if I understand it right. Then again there may have been others with those customs.

The inland Swedish people were actually called Svear. The real Vikings only came from the fjords of Norway. They made settlements all across Scandinavia though. Even when their presence existed no longer, their influence did. It would be absurd to say they never actually influenced their neighbours, but it doesn't make their neighbours Vikings therefor. The Angles, Saxons and Jutes were originally German tribes invading Poland, Denmark and the Scandinavian region, but they surely were influenced and "encouraged" so to say by the Vikings.
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