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“From the smooth structure of Canterbury Cathedral to the hovering ramparts of Edinburgh fortress, through the mountains of Wales or the Roman ruins of Hadrian’s Wall, Britain’s never-ending kind is astounding.” – David Else, Lonely Planet Writer

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I am willing to depart. They are me home, the Fays whom Woden the Lord of Hosts calling has sent me from his hall. Merrily shall I drink ale in my Death has no high-seat with the Anses. My life days are done. Laughing will I die. 2 Viking society was aristocratic, but an aristocracy in which all the nobles were equal. "We Politically, have no 1 lord, we are all equal," said Rollo's Corpus Poeticum Boreale, I, p. 373. , n, p. 345. THE COMING OF THE NORTHMEN asked 43 who was their lord and men thus minded were not ; spend their time casting dice in King Harold's court, even if their independence meant the wolf's lot of exile.

Both were used, and used and the coast freely, by the Vikings, and in both directions they ac- Iceland and the kingcomplished enduring doms of the isles in the north, the beginnings of town results: life and commerce and the duchy When the of in Ireland, the Danelaw in England, Normandy. great northern invasions began at the close of the eighth century, Charles the Great ruled Christian lands of the western Continent. By all the fire and sword he converted the heathen Saxons of the north to Christianity and civilization and advanced his frontier to the Danish border, so that the pious monk of St.

We must think state, not as a planet sent rate and apart in off into of the new Norman move sepa- space to a new orbit, but as a colony, an out- post of the Scandinavian peoples in the south, fed new bands of colonists by from the northern home and only gradually drawn away from its connections with the north and brought into the political system of THE COMING OF THE NORTHMEN 45 For something like Prankish Gaul and a hundred Norman its neighbors. years after the history is coming of Rollo the key to found in this fact and in the result- ing interplay of Scandinavian and Prankish influences.

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