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By Thomas Fleming

When the Vikings invaded and conquered England, France, and eire, it opened a brand new and engaging bankruptcy within the period of the Norsemen. the character and background of the beset lands, the traditions and personality in their peoples, and the strengths and weaknesses of many of the Viking leaders made every one of those 3 invasions targeted from the others. and every produced a unique and awesome consequence. In sum, award-winning journalist Robert Wernick asserts during this short-form e-book, they ceaselessly altered the process medieval heritage.

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In the aftermath of a massive battle that lasted three days and three nights in 852, during which the Danes annihilated the Norwegians, messengers sent by King Maelsechlainn - he of the seductive daughter - came to the Danes’ encampment to offer congratulations on the splendid victory. To their horror, the emissaries found the Danes, with perfect Viking sangfroid, cooking their food in cauldrons placed on heaps of Norwegian dead. ” To the great pleasure of the Irish, it seemed as if the fratricidal Viking struggle might go on and on when a fresh contingent of Norwegians arrived the next year, this time under a prince known as Olaf the White.

For three years, the contending Vikings waged a tug of war over the city. And the opportunistic Irish took a hand, assisting the Danes from time to time in the prayerful hope that the newcomers would oust the detested Norwegians. But it was an alliance to make an Irishman shudder. In the aftermath of a massive battle that lasted three days and three nights in 852, during which the Danes annihilated the Norwegians, messengers sent by King Maelsechlainn - he of the seductive daughter - came to the Danes’ encampment to offer congratulations on the splendid victory.

Next he built a series of fortified enclosures into which the peasants could drive their cattle and take refuge when Viking invaders appeared. Soon the Vikings were appearing less frequently in Wessex, for on the banks of the River Lea Alfred placed two forts that impeded an invader’s passage down the river. Finally, and most important, Alfred was the only ruler in all Europe to deal the Vikings a blow with their own mightiest weapon - the warship. Sometime in the 890s, he ordered the building of a fleet.

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