> Anne M. Rendall wrote: "The Normans (northmen) were Vikings."
> which raises the question: How and when did they get to Normandy?
Around 911 the French made a deal with a bunch of Vikings led by
Rollo by giving them land in exchange for a) not raiding them anymore
and b) acceptance of Christianity, French overlordship, and language.
The land was called "Normandy" - Land of the Northmen. The Northmen
(Normans) married local heiresses, and were quickly Frankified.
From thier Viking heritage they brought a love of battle and the use
of the battle-axe, and from the Franks and Bretons learned about
cavalry warfare. I believe by 1066 they were a little embarrased by
the piratical ways of their forefathers.
> and also why they changed their language from (loosely) germanic to
> (loosely) romance.
> I've always though of the Viking invasions of these shores as something
> totally separate from the Norman conquest.
> John B
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> John Birtwistle, 6/DT4 8LR, UK
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