Vikings Of Ireland

The traditional view of popular history, that Ireland was repeatedly threatened by Vikings, first Norwegian and then Danish, who were nearly defeated by Brian Boru, masks a much more complex and interesting story. For instance, there were more attacks on Irish monasteries by native Irish, including monks from rival monasteries, than there were ever Viking raids. Fearsome and threatening the Vikings were; but Irish kings, including Brian Boru, were intermarried with leading Norse families, who founded almost all of Ireland's towns, and often acted with them. This complex and fascinating tale is told in the 'Vikings' and 'Brian Boru' chapters of Rutherfurd's first Irish book.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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