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Why Christians used it, why it worked, and why it died.
The story of Erik the Red, his son Leif (the famous explorer) and the most misnamed of Viking Islands
The conversion of Sweden is unspectacular—and for that reason most illuminating.
The stories of three Viking rulers and their encounters with Christianity.
How missionaries' modest beginnings eventually bore fruit in Denmark
At a legislative Althing, a pagan judge prevented civil war in iceland by converting everyone to Christianity.
What runestones and graveyards reveal about the Vikings' conversion process
Besides spiritual solace, Vikings were attracted by Christianity's tangible blessings.
King Olaf Haraldsson had only moderate success at converting his people—until a year after he was killed in battle.
When it comes to conversion by the sword, few can match the ruthless exploits of King Olaf Trygvesson.
Fascinating and little-known facts about the Vikings and their times.
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October 18, 1405: Enea Silvio Piccolomini (a.k.a. Pope Pius II) is born at Corsignano, Italy. Though faulted for taking radical and sometimes contradictory positions on issues, he was one of the best popes of his age: he wrote an important study of geography and ethnography, a popular love story, and an autobiography. He died in 1464 while planning a battle against the Turks, who controlled Constantinople.

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