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Changes in Sovereignty

The death of Magnus Olafsson in 1265 terminated for a long period the democratic freedom of the Manx people, a freedom which they had enjoyed for over three hundred years. Their Norse ancestors had raised the Isle of Man as

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Gaut the Sculptor

Of the men who worked on the series of carved crosses left on the Isle of Man as a memorial of the Viking Age, only one name has come down to us, that of Gaut Bjørnson, who inscribed a record

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Old Norse Nicknames

From Olafir Thick-Legged to Ragnar Fur-Pants, Viking nicknames were colourful, descriptive and fascinating. An American scholar, Dr Paul Peterson, did both his master’s thesis and his doctoral dissertation on old Norse nicknames as recorded in medieval literature to reveal a

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Norse-Gaels

The Norse–Gaels were a people who dominated much of the Irish Sea region, including the Isle of Man and western Scotland for a part of the Middle Ages; they were of Gaelic and North Germanic origin and as a whole

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Christian Names of the Isle of Man

At a recent gathering of the World Manx Association, held at the Nunnery, the Attorney-General (Mr. Ramsey B. Moore), in his address, remarked upon the growing habit of Manx parents giving their children inappropriate and foreign Christian names; and he

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The First Scandanavian Period (part 2)

It is during the earlier part of this obscure period (918-947) that tradition has placed the arrival and rule in Man of “King Goree,” or “King Orry.” He is said to have been “a son of the King of Denmark”

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The First Scandanavian Period (part 1)

The history of the Isle of Man during the Scandanavian domination naturally divides itself into two main epochs – one before its conquest by Godred Crovan in 1079 and the other after it. The general character of the early epoch

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Viking Village

The low, sandy north-western shores of the Isle of Man provide a good approach for flat-bottomed boats as the Vikings discovered some twelve hundred years ago, and one of the best landing places on the coast is the Lhen beach

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King Orry’s Landing

It is stated that on King Orry’s landing at the mouth of the river Lhane in the 10th century, he was met on the shore by some inhabitants, and on being asked from whence he came he replied, “That is

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Godred Crovan’s Victory over the Manx

“In the yeere 1066, Godredus Crovan gathered a fleete of ships, and sailed unto Man, and giving battell unto the people of the countrey, was vanquished and put to flight. The second time also having gathered his armie and ships

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