9 November 2012
Last updated at 13:42
A new exhibition at the Manx Museum in Douglas will explore the Kingdom of Man and the Isles between 1100-1300AD, a period when the island was at the centre of the maritime kingdom.
Manx National Heritage’s curator of archaeology, Allison Fox said: "At this time the kingdom stretched from the Isle of Man up the west coast of Scotland to the Isles of Lewis. It was an exciting time after the Vikings had finished all there raiding and trading."
The exhibition will centre around the Isle of Man's first ever story book, the Chronicles of Man and the Isles, which dates back to the 12th Century. Ms Fox said: "It is a remarkable manuscript with lots of juicy stories involving battles, wars and plenty of revenge and scheming.”
The exhibition will use artefacts from the time to illustrate these stories, including the Lewis Chessmen, on loan from the British Museum. The medieval chess set was discovered in 1831 on Lewis.
Ms Fox said: “They are from the same kingdom that the Isle of Man was in charge of at this time and are incredibly beautiful." The chess pieces consist of elaborately worked walrus ivory and whales' teeth.
Also on show will be a rare Bishop’s seal which was discovered by a metal detecting enthusiast in the north of the island earlier this year. It is the first time the find, which has been described as "incredibly significant", has gone on display.
Fragments of a Viking sword, discovered in 2008, will also be on show. The discovery was the first Manx Viking sword find ever recorded. Along with the manuscript various symbols of wealth from the same era will be on display.
The four-month exhibition will run until March 2013 at the Manx Museum in Douglas.