"The Vikings" the Wild Heathen Raiders from the North.
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"The Vikings" the Wild Heathen Raiders from the North.

"The Vikings" the wild Heathen raiders from the north.Christopher Columbus,North America

Picture it, the country is England, the date, June 16th. 793 AD the place an abbey on the picturesque island of Lindisfarne, at the request of King Oswald ca. AD 635, Saint Cuthbert a monk his miracles and life are recorded by the Venerable Bede. Was buried here, his remains later translated to Durham Cathedral.

According to the Anglo-Saxon archives, a Viking long-ship landed in England in 793 and raided Lindisfarne; the raiders killed all the monks.

This raid marks the beginning of the “Viking Age of Invasion

Alcuin, a Northumbrian scholar in Charlemagne's court at the time, wrote:

"Never before has such terror appeared in Britain as we have now suffered from a pagan race. . . .The heathens poured out the blood of saints around the altar, and trampled on the bodies of saints in the temple of God, like dung in the streets."

Cleverly The Vikings raided in the wintertime

Viking raids continued at first on a small scale across coastal England, cleverly raiding in the wintertime rather than the summer, most of the Anglo-Saxon English kingdoms, were in turmoil, at the time and no defence against the Vikings, bit by bit the Viking raids became larger and larger until a great Army led by the Brothers Ivar the Boneless, Halfdan and Ubbe Ragnarsson, and also by another Viking Guthrum, raided East Anglia. Crossing England and then onto Northumbria capturing York, finally establishing the Viking community of Jorvik.

In 867 Northumbria became the northern kingdom the brothers Halfdan Ragnarsson and Ivar the Boneless installed an Englishman, Ecgberht, as a puppet king.

From their base in Northumberland the heathen army spread and conquered most of England.

Viking swords

From King Cnut until the Norman Conquest

The Vikings continued to their presence in England through the reign of the Danish King Cnut and up until 1066 the wild men from the north lost their final battle with the English at Stamford Bridge, nineteen days later at the Battle of Hastings the Normans took over as the rulers of the English.

It was not only England that the Vikings invaded in fact there is a strong consensus that they reached North America approximately five centuries before Christopher Columbus.

In 1960 archaeological evidence was found at L'Anse aux Meadows on what is now the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. This proved conclusively the Vikings' pre-Columbian discovery of North America, no mean feat

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Comments (4)
Ranked #94 in History

FYI: This ties in directly with my article on early Discoverers of North America as well as my article on the Red Paint People.

Ranked #1 in History

Cool work, Johnny. I live right where this article is set, so to speak. I've visited Lindisfarne and St Cuthbert's tomb many times. Thanks for posting.

Ranked #1 in History

Just thought I'd mention that Bede is buried near Cuthbert at the other end of the building.

Ranked #44 in History

These articles are really fascinating Johnny...keep them coming.