Denmark and Iceland clash over priceless mediaeval manuscripts

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Denmark and Iceland clash over priceless mediaeval manuscriptsThey recount tales of Viking raids, Norse history, kings and gods: a priceless collection of mediaeval manuscripts, bequeathed by an Icelandic scholar to the University of Copenhagen in the 18th century, that Iceland now wants back. The UN cultural organisation UNESCO has called them 'the single most important collection of early Scandinavian manuscripts in existence', with the earliest one dating from the 12th century. Some of the texts -- known as the Arnamagnaean Collection -- have already been returned to Reykjavik, but 1,400 documents are still locked away in Copenhagen.


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