Oldest Kingdom in the World
The word kingdom does have multiple meaning and definition. But this article will discuss a kingdom which mean a country or state being led by a King or Queen. To be exact, this article will tackle about the world’s oldest kingdom which is the Kingdom of Denmark. Not only its record for being the world’s oldest kingdom, but the interesting story about its history, culture, and present state.
In Northern Europe lies the wonderful kingdom of Denmark. As the oldest archaeological findings were dated back in 130,000-110,000 BC; it is evident that immigrant hunters started to make Denmark as their habitat since 12,500 BC but it was in 4,000 BC when they started to do farming using stone as their tools and weapons. People in Denmark are called Danes.
In the 9th century, Denmark was divided into two but eventually became one again in the 10th century. Within the 2 centuries, Denmark raided and created towns in other parts of Europe such as Limerick, Cork, Dublin, and Ireland. The Danes, also known as Vikings were very strong as they were able to raid English monasteries and make their people as their slaves, and then later on invaded England in 865. It was in 867 when an English leader named Alfred defeated Danish leader, Guthrum. Upon the agreement between the 2 leaders, England was divided into two with Guthrum taking the Eastern side. Both sides became a Christian.
The Danish side of England called Danelaw was conquered by English little by little. English and Danish were living well and settled until the English King ordered a mass killing of the Danish people including the relatives of the Danish King. Lots of battles have gone through over the decades involving Denmark, England, and at some point, Norway. England finally got independent in 1042 and Norway did the same in 1047.
The Danish culture is basically rich in Arts. But there are the most important aspects in Danish culture which is punctuality, modesty, and equality. Danish people are also known as great and intelligent people because of Tycho Brahe’s contribution in Astronomical studies, Ludwig A. Coldings’ principle of Conversation of Energy, and Niels Bohr’s brilliant ideas about Atomic Physics. Hans Christian Andersen and Karen Blizen were some who gave recognition to Denmark when it comes to literature. It was in the middle of 1900’s when Denmark made its international existence through films done by great Danish directors.
Since a lot of events happened in the Kingdom of Denmark and the fact that it is the world’s oldest kingdom, plus knowing that a famous fairy tale creator Hans Christian Andersen lived here, Denmark is often called as the fairy tale country.
A visit to Denmark means not just going for a European tour or dropping by for one of the world’s best beaches, but also to learn many things by exploring its cities and the interesting events that happened in its history. It will be forever fun to travel to a place with a rich culture that will never fail to feed a tourist’s hunger for learning about history and an artist’s urge to explore excellent architectural designs and concepts.