Monday, January 13, 2014
The Vikings were sailors.
They sailed from their homeland in Scandinavia across the Baltic, the North Sea, and over the Atlantic to Iceland and Greenland and even to North America. They worked their way around the coasts of France and Spain and into the Mediterranean.
Today's Map on Monday shows the areas settled by the Vikings from the 8th to 11th centuries. In the 9th century they invaded the north-eastern part of England led by such romantically named leaders as Ivar the Boneless and Eric Bloodaxe. That's the part of the world where my family comes from.
I am pretty sure I am descended from Vikings.
Why else would I be so drawn to sailing and to wearing a hat with pointy horns?
Who knows - I might even be descended from Eric Bloodaxe?
Perhaps I should change my name to Bloodaxe?
I think I'll go for a pillage now.