Vikings: A land without kings

When Vikings colonised Iceland in the 870s, they established a society in which local chieftains, not distant monarchs, held the reins of power. Philip Parker tells their story...

A view of Þingvellir National Park in western Iceland. It was here, in AD 930, that Viking settlers established the first pan-Icelandic assembly – possibly the oldest parliamentary body in the world. (© Dreamstime)

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