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Was the flag of Iceland originally fimbriated in silver?

Silver means white. The art and science of classic European flag design is called "Heraldry". Classic heraldry refers to color as "Tincture". Tinctures are separated into 5 colors: Azure (blue) ...
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What kind of ink was used by medieval scribes in Iceland, given that there were no plant galls for iron-gall ink?

That's a really good question. As far as I know, there isn't yet a definitive answer, although I haven't kept fully up to date with the subject in recent years.. In Care and Conservation of ...
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Kissing in early Icelandic law

If the kiss was between unmarried, heterosexual youths the boy would be criminally liable to the girl's father, guardian, or another male family member. "... if a woman was an aggrieved party and ...
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What kind of ink was used by medieval scribes in Iceland, given that there were no plant galls for iron-gall ink?

No expert scribe about to invest months of time, yards of prepared vellum, and scarce pigments would want to skimp on the black ink. In the middle ages, iron gall ink was the dominant standard for ...
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Was the flag of Iceland originally fimbriated in silver?

No. The Icelandic flag never had any actual silver colour in it and was never meant to contain any silver. In the quote argent is meant to convey just white. It is used in an outdated and imprecise ...
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Did the early Christian community on Iceland require the import of wine for liturgy?

Short answer Wine was imported but was often scarce and always expensive. It was a liturgical requirement, but it was not one that was always (or even often) met without bending the rules a little. ...
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Was rape common in Europe during the Middle Ages?

The only honest answer to this question is We don't know. To state that rape, or any crime, or any activity, was more or less prevalent at one period of time than another requires written records to ...
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Has Britain's 1940 invasion of Iceland been downplayed by historians?

As a person who has lived in Iceland and Finland, and talked in great detail with people alive at the time, I can tell you that the British set up machine gun emplacements before dawn in Reykjavik. ...
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Were there natives In Iceland prior to the Irish monk's landings?

To my knowledge (though please correct me if I'm wrong) there is no extant historical account of the first Norse settlers in Iceland encountering any previously settled peoples. Quite the opposite ...
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What was Iceland officially & commonly called before 1918 (1874~)?

There is no significant difference between English/Icelandic/Latin naming (In Latin it's Islandia). We can read here that: "Oldest among the maps on which Iceland is shown is the Anglo-Saxon map, ...
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Giving a child to Thor

The practice seem more or less untestified outside the Eyrbyggja saga. The saga deals with religious matters to an unusual degree, and is in fact one of the more importantsources for religious ...
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Were there natives In Iceland prior to the Irish monk's landings?

In 1976 Tim Severin proved with the Brendan Voyage it was possible for Irish monks not only to go to Iceland, but all the way to the Americas. He did have a couple of advantages the ancients didn't ...
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Did medieval Icelanders write with runes?

Runes are primarily designed for being carved in wood (which is why there are so many vertical, straight lines, but no horizontal lines and very few curved ones). Wood does not survive very well, but ...
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Was rape common in Europe during the Middle Ages?

Literary Sources are Unreliable, Legal Sources are Unreliable, Legal Records are Unreliable. Let's start with literary sources. If rape shows up a lot in literary sources, it could mean that it's ...
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Why did Icelandic begin to diverge from the Continental north Germanic languages specifically between 1050 and 1350?

Iceland was economically isolated by its almost complete lack of trees for wood and pitch. Once the ships involved in the Landsnam operation had worn out -- this is the immigration period to which you ...
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Did Naddodd really discover Iceland?

The better question to ask would have been 'Who discovered Iceland?'. In this case, where we have to think about Pytheas, I would argue for 'No', while my answer regarding Naddoðr would be the same. ...
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How were Icelandic bishops elected before the union with Norway?

At least two processes were used, according to Byock's Viking Age Iceland. Bishops were at sometimes elected at the Althing. This was the case for Iceland's first bishop, Isleif, in 1055; in 1056 he ...
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Did the early Christian community on Iceland require the import of wine for liturgy?

The Church has always required that the matter for transubstantiation be wine made from grapes. This has be codified under: Can. 924 §1. The most holy eucharistic sacrifice must be offered with ...
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Was rape common in Europe during the Middle Ages?

I wanted to comment on your question, and though my reputation is great enough to answer, it is not great enough to comment (allowing me to foolishly answer, but only wisely comment, hmm?). The ...
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Were there natives In Iceland prior to the Irish monk's landings?

Farley Mowat thinks so: Mowat believes that settlement of Iceland began early in the first millennium AD. After the end of Roman rule in Britain, unrest and military threats to Alba from the ...
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Were there natives In Iceland prior to the Irish monk's landings?

I feel that it is necessary to separately answer this part of the original question, as it actually ties in with the original question in a profound way: I would also like to include that island ...
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Did medieval Icelanders write with runes?

It looks like they were in fact in use as late as the 17th century by rural folk, although there is some doubt as to how ancient at least some of those runes were. The more practical ones seem to ...
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