How the English changed the Danes

There are documents a plenty on how the Vikings influenced the culture of England, but a new study looks at ways that Danish Norse were influenced by the English they conquered. According to Ph.D candidate Marie Bønløkke Spejlborg, it was the English who inspired Danes to organise themselves into cities."

“The English already had something that resembled a state with a functioning administration system. They had organised cities, whereas Denmark only had marketplaces,” said Spejlborg, who is writing her dissertation on the subject. The English may also have influenced church design. "In the sources I can see that King Sweyn Forkbeard appointed bishops from England to Denmark. They must have had an influence on how the church was organised.”