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Eleventh Century History

1000 – 1049

1000 World population 300 million. Scandinavia and Hungary converted to Christianity. Leif Ericson lands in North America, calling it Vinland. Gunpowder invented in China.

1009 Muslims destroy Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

1010 The Tale of Genji, the book usually considered as the world’s first novel, by Shikibu Murasaki, lady in waiting to the empress of Japan. Nile frozen over – also happened in 829.

1014 Brian Boru defeats the Vikings at Clontarf, Ireland.

1023 Paper money printed in China.