At 12:31 AM 4/22/98 +0100, John B. wrote:
>Anne M. Rendall wrote: "The Normans (northmen) were Vikings."
>which raises the question: How and when did they get to Normandy?
>and also why they changed their language from (loosely) germanic to
>I've always though of the Viking invasions of these shores as something
>totally separate from the Norman conquest.
In the 10th century, at the same time the Vikings were bedeviling
the British Isles they were also annoying the hell out of the French.
Eventually they wrested from the French the territory which eventually
became the Duchy of Normandy (Northmen-dy). When the Vikings stopped
their raiding ways, the Scandinavian inhabitants of Normandy lost contact
with the home country and eventually became Gallicized, after a fashion.
They spoke French but did not speak it well and they had a very peculiar
accent which the native French ridiculed.
It was this group of people who invaded England and took over
the country in 1066.