The Vikings did not always set out with war in mind. Finds of large cargo ships and wealthy trading towns give a more nuanced picture of the period. It was a time in which trading in everything from slaves to silk and iron flourished. Finds of Arabic silver coins in Scandinavia and a small Buddha figure in Sweden testify to how distant the trading connections could be.

The Vikings did not always set out with war in mind. Finds of large cargo ships and wealthy trading towns give a more nuanced picture of the period. It was a time in which trading in everything from slaves to silk and iron flourished. Finds of Arabic silver coins in Scandinavia and a small Buddha figure in Sweden testify to how distant the trading connections could be.

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After 911, the Viking Rollo was the first Norman count of Rouen. His successors were called Dukes of Normandy. These dukes increased the strength of Normandy, although they had to observe the superiority of the king of France. They held on to some territory in Scandinavia and the right to enter those lands by sea. The aristocracy was composed of a small group of Scandinavian men, while the majority of the Norman political leaders were of Frankish descent.

After 911, the Viking Rollo was the first Norman count of Rouen. His successors were called Dukes of Normandy. These dukes increased the strength of Normandy, although they had to observe the superiority of the king of France. They held on to some territory in Scandinavia and the right to enter those lands by sea. The aristocracy was composed of a small group of Scandinavian men, while the majority of the Norman political leaders were of Frankish descent.

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“She is not like my gods. My gods….are as real as you and me. They laugh. They bleed. They rush around the skies” — Lagertha Sylph (Valkyrie) - air elemental

“She is not like my gods. My gods….are as real as you and me. They laugh. They bleed. They rush around the skies” — Lagertha Sylph (Valkyrie) - air elemental

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“The sons of Ragnar Lothbrok will be spoken of as long as men have tongues to speak.”

“The sons of Ragnar Lothbrok will be spoken of as long as men have tongues to speak.”

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Fierce feisty and female! True grit...just love this character - no rescue needed!!! Lagertha. The Vikings. I LOVE me some Lagertha! Kathryn Winnick plays her so well! I was inspired to create a legendary queen in the novels dynasty who led an army to take back her throne.

Fierce feisty and female! True grit...just love this character - no rescue needed!!! Lagertha. The Vikings. I LOVE me some Lagertha! Kathryn Winnick plays her so well! I was inspired to create a legendary queen in the novels dynasty who led an army to take back her throne.

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The Vikings (History Channel) Lagertha (ShieldMaiden) : Yo (@Yolliex) | Twitter
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He has positively nothing to do with my novel, The Confessor's  Burden, but every time I see him my heart lurches into my very dry, and then very alternately, very wet mouth!

He has positively nothing to do with my novel, The Confessor's Burden, but every time I see him my heart lurches into my very dry, and then very alternately, very wet mouth!

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