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Leofric becomes Bishop of Exeter


About 1050 the monks of Vézelay began to claim to hold the relics of Mary Magdalene, brought, they related, from the Holy Land either by their 9th-century founder-saint, Badilo, or by envoys despatched by him.


King Macbeth of Scotland made a pilgrimage to Rome where, Marianus says, he gave money to the poor as if it were seed.

§North America


The Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichén Itzá, constructed circa 1050 was built during the late Mayan period, when Toltecs from Tula became politically powerful. The pyramid was used as a calendar: four stairways, each with 91 steps and a platform at the top, making a total of 365, equivalent to the number of days in a calendar year.

§United States

Cahokia near modern St.Louis emerged as an important city about this time and remained so for three hundred years. Tree ring data supports the idea that a warmer, wetter climate began about this time. Even though there were only about 1000 people living in the area at this time, the numbers grew rapidly.



Hedeby is sacked by King Harald Hardraade of Norway during the course of a conflict with King Eric Estridsson of Denmark.


Swedish forces attack Finland


King Anund Jacob of Sweden is succeeded by Emund the Old. (See Swedish monarchs.)


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