BBC report on Tynwald and the Vikings

The BBC covers Ellan Vannin (Isle of Man) in a special regional section. This is an interesting examination of the World’s oldest continuous Parliament. 

Isle of Man election 2016: How the Vikings set up Tynwald

Voters across the Isle of Man will go to the polls on Thursday for the general election.

Twenty-four people will be elected to serve in the House of Keys – the lower chamber of a parliament first established by Viking settlers more than 1,000 years ago.

The first historical references to Tynwald -the world’s oldest continuously sitting parliament – can be found in the Chronicles of Mann.

The Latin manuscript, held at the British Library in London, makes reference to the original Tynwald meetings which were established sometime between the 11th and 14th Century.

The document was written at Rushen Abbey and is one of the most valuable sources of Manx history.

It tells the story of the Viking settlement on the Isle of Man which brought together Scandinavian Paganism and indigenous Christianity.

Chronicle of MannImage copyright BRITISH LIBRARY
Image caption Written in Latin, the Chronicle of Mann documents the Isle of Man’s role as the centre of the Norse Kingdom of Mann and the Isles, the influence of its kings, and religious leaders

 

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