According to the Saxon historian Widukind the monk Poppo convinced Harald Bluetooth of the strength of Christianity by caring glowing hot iron in his hands and not having a single flesh wound after.
|Harald Bluetooth coin found at Raahede, Ribe|
The king was baptized and demanded Christianity installed in Denmark. Regardless of the reliability of Widukind`s story, king Harald Bluetooth`s conversion probably was caused of political reasons. United with the Christian church he could strengthen his royal power and secure the independence of the Danish kingdom against the German emperors which best excuse was the spread of Christianity and conversion of the heathens, they wanted to enforce Christianity by fire and sword and subdue heathens and tax them and put them under the emperors scepter. Harald Bluetooth showed a lot of signs that he took the new religion serious.
|Poppo carrying hot iron, Copper altar from the church of Tandrup|
Harald Bluetooth had a son Sweyn Forkbeard
|Thralls at Hedeby market|
Roskilde was mentioned by Adam of Bremen, the name comes from horse or the male name Roar.
Richard I, Duke of Normandy married Emma of Paris.
Eric the red was expelled from Norway for a murder. He sailed to Iceland.
Scottish attempted to recapture Caithness but they were defeated.