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The Jomsvikings were an order of Viking mercenaries or brigands which operated during the 10th and 11th centuries. Founded by Palnatoke, they were a highly selective all-male Order which required adherence to a strict code of conduct in order to instill a sense of military discipline among its members as any violation of these rules could be punished with immediate expulsion.

History

During the 9th century, a group of Jomsvikings were part of Eivor Varinsdottir's raiding party.[1]

In the late 10th century, Styrbjörn the Strong defeated Palnatoke in a duel, assuming the leadership of the Order. The Jomsvikings later joined Styrbjörn in battle against his uncle King Eric the Victorious.[2]

In 1043, King Magnus I of Norway decided to put an end to the Jomsvikings and so attacked their fortress of Jomsborg, killing many of its inhabitants. A blow the mercenaries never recovered from, as soon after their dwindling numbers became zero.[3]

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