Vikings: A land without kings

Vikings: A land without kings

A view of Þingvellir National Park in western Iceland. It was here, in AD 930, tA view of Þingvellir National Park in western Iceland. It was here, in AD 930, that Viking settlers established the first pan-Icelandic assembly – possibly the oldest parliamentary body in the world. (© Dreamstime)

About 50 years after their raids first spread terror along the coastlines of north-western Europe, the Vikings struck westward. This time some of them sailed not in search of…

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