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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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July 15, 1015: Vladimir, the grand prince of Russia who made Orthodox Christianity the national religion, dies at age 59 (see issue 18: Russian Christianity).

July 15, 1099: The First Crusade captures Jerusalem, massacring thousands. "The city was filled with corpses and blood," wrote one chronicler (see issue 40: The Crusades).

July 15, 1606: Dutch Painter Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn is born to a wealthy family in Leyden. Personal tragedies seemed to deepen the spiritual dimensions of his art, and ...

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