King Ólafur Tryggvason: Adopting The New Religion

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When, King Ólafur Tryggvason took over power in 995 in Norway, he reintroduced a new religion to his new lands. The king had harsh punishments for anyone who opposed the new religion. Soon, King Ólafur Tryggvason turned his sights to Iceland, which was inhabited by Norwegians, and began to coerce the Icelandic chieftains to adopt the new religion. In fact, the king sent missionaries to Iceland to convert the Icelandic people to Christianity. One of the missionaries ended up baptizing a couple of leading chieftains. However, the Icelandic people were still not convinced with the new religion. During the year that the missionaries were sent over to Iceland, one of the Christians was sentenced to lesser crimes for mocking the goddess, Freyja.
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