Northern Europe Political & Social Issues
Wondered how Irish blood came to Iceland or Norway; blonde, blue-eyed people came to the East? Long before Africans were sold in the Americas Vikings had a roaring trade in thralls across the seas.
The Vikings from raiders and traders to empire builders, Europe could not have been the same without them. Russia could never have influenced the east, Britain would have stayed a peaceful backwater.
From Aelle's imprisonment of Ragnar Lothbrok with the serpents at Bamburgh, we were fated to be linked with the Danes. Here's a taster to guide you through a common history, kings and culture.
From early raids by opportunists at the end of the 8th Century, through the reign of Aelfred of Wessex to the infant England of Aethelstan the Norsemen threatened the security of these islands.
In September 1944 a thrust was planned by Field Marshall Montgomery to bypass the Siegfried Line and isolate Germany from its industrial heart. It went down as a heroic failure. Why did it fail?
Hunding makes ready for the venture east. In ordering his ship he meets Haesten again at Grim's by. Haesten being a shipwright as well as a fisherman, he could build Hunding's ship.
Battle order, shield-wall and swine-array, ruses for surprise attack and skills with the bow. The Norsemen's skills on the battlefield and at sea led to their takeover of much of north-western Europe
Hunding takes on the lying Lifing in combat and defeats him. Prince Valdemar makes a condition on freeing Hunding's crew. They must go on south to Miklagard to bring back an emperor's crown for him.
'Operation Loyton' involved an SAS drop into the Vosges Mountains, N E France. Only to be there a short time to cause disturbance, the men were dropped among the Panzers and were there a lot longer
Few kings earned the respect of their subjects AND following generations. Knut's empire stretched over half the British Isles and southern Scandinavia! Yet we only hear of him trying to stem the tide
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