Bend or Stand?

Today’s article takes you ago to Normandy v a funny, yet true story of humor and diplomacy a la Viking style.

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Thanks to history Channel’s Vikings, most human being know Ragnar Lothbrok and also his Viking raiders pillaged Paris come the bone. He and his massive army camped out on the Seine River, conducting raids from 845-846. Yes, that’s right. He provided monasteries, villages, and also the citadel of Paris a year’s precious of raid, rinse, and repeat.

The Franks were essentially helpless to stop the destruction he wreaked top top Paris and also all the places huge and small. 

The remainder of Vikingdom wanted in top top the action. In fact, they retained up their raids for decades (with some breaks and losses spread out in between). No one equaled Ragnar’s** fame until Rollo the Walker.* 

Like his predecessor, Rollo and his Viking warriors camped the end on the Seine, to plan to take silver and gold climate leave. But, Charles the Simple, King the the Franks (as France was then known) was struck v an idea: Why no ask the raiders to it is in his neighbors?



Charles would get a “defensive buffer” in between him and also sea invaders, and what a beautiful buffer the king offered. Charles had an additional ulterior motive: Vikings would gain more productive uses of their time — prefer protecting and also developing land instead of raiding Frankish lands.

Rollo take it the offer. Perhaps land is worth more than silver and gold?

To seal the deal, Charles readily available his daughter in marital relationship to Rollo, asked for Rollo’s conversion come Christianity, and also by the way, change your name to Robert. Rollo agreed. During a celebratory event, the bishops decided Rollo need to kiss the foot the Charles. Meant as a authorize of submission, part postulate the Franks want payback — they want the Vikings humiliated.

No kiss to the foot, no land. Rollo, ever adaptable in politics, available up among his guys to kiss the kingly foot. 

The warrior approached Charles but failed to bend. Instead, the foot rose to meet the Viking. The Norseman got the foot, brought it to his mouth, and also knocked Charles turn off his “rocker.” The room erupted through laughter. The Franks quit messing through the Vikings, and Rollo took leadership of his vast domain advertisement 911.

Under Rollo’s rule, the region prospered. 

Vikings eventually intermarried. They take it on the language of the an ar (mixed v their own). And, Rollo make Rouen his city center. His existence made the oft-attacked area peaceful. 

From raiders to businessmen and also landowners, Vikings worked out in, adapting to their brand-new home. The Norse leader ran a prosperous town emporium and also marketplace. Normandy also boasted a coin mint as Europe moved towards a system of currency. 


Maybe you have the right to put the fox in charge of the chicken coop?

Thanks for preventing by!


*Gaange Hrolfr is the Nordic spelling (also Gongu-Hrolfr). Rollo is his Latinized name. The “Walker” component came because he to be so big, supposedly no horse could hold him. Thus, he had actually to go everywhere.

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**Sorry background Channel Vikings fans! (I count myself in the number). Rollo and Ragnar were no brothers.