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Until recently, we lacked the technical ability to make one to our satisfaction.
In ancient Scandinavia and Germanic Europe a mead hall or feasting hall was initially simply a large building with a single room.
From the fifth century to early medieval times such a building was the residence of a lord and his retainers.
The sails were brightly coloured in stripes or diamond patterns.
In 793 - about six years after commencing raids - Vikings (probably Norwegians) invaded England.