For many, the very mention of 'Vikings' conjures up images of ruthless barbarians and berserkers beaching their long dragon ships on far flung coastlines and riverbanks to kill and plunder. Even historians at one time or another can loose themselves too much in facts: thinking mainly in terms of dates, places, names and lineages. That… Continue reading ‘Are we there yet?’
Here's a great article from the Smithsonian Magazine on our perceptions of vikings. Particularly the gruesome 'Blood Eagle' tradition which according to legend was performed on the King of Northumbria, Aelle, in the 9th century invasion of York by Vikings. By A H Gray Related articles Historical Figure Profile: King Osbert and King Aelle of… Continue reading Aelle and the Blood Eagle- Fact or just blood thirsty Fiction?