Artemisblessed wrote:so you ARE an expert on Vikings!
I don't know about "expert". But it is one of the things I got a degree in.
The other was "modern German history" Napoleonic to World war II.
Well, Germany was noted more for Saxons than Wikings. Most of them went further East, in what today is Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. Using the rivers to get to Kiew. But the earlier
Scandinavians settled around here, and Westward to Denmark.
They became Saxons. Then later Karl Gustav X, invaded as far as Berlin. The North East of Germany staying Swedish (Swedish Pommerania), until Mid to late 17 hundreds.
Thats why I get annoyed at these people that like to point out, when talking about the destruction of our culture by immigration, "Oh well we are all so mixed we are probably arab as well".
NO WE ARE BLOODY NOT!! ALL the invasions in the past went North to South. The only "culture that came the other way was christianity (and look what THAT did to us!), and that was not an invasion of people, but of an idea or philosophy.
All the attempted invasions from the South and East were stopped before they reached North of the Rhein or West of the old Eastern Brandenburg border (The Far East of OLD Brandenburg is Poland today. West Brandenburg is still here.)
I am NOT counting stone age man in the above. Because they were wanderers not settlers, and they carried no cultural threat.
There ends todays history lesson.
Read Gwyn Jones "The Vikings" for home work. There will ba a test Monday.