chapter  2
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Written sources on the pre-Christian past

Early Scandinavian literacy In Scandinavia, the period known as the Middle Ages begins around the year 1000 – half a millennium later than the rest of western and central Europe. Only from this date onwards did Scandinavia consist of unifi ed kingdoms and Christianity was established as a serious force in pagan Scandinavia. It is consequently only from this point onwards that Scandinavia has its own written history.