Re: Re: Normans and Vikings

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As I understand it, before invading England in 1066 the Normans had been settled independently from Scandinavia in Northern France for generations (after being given the land that is now Normandy by the Frankish kings to stop them from raiding along the Seine to Paris).  I've been to Norway and I've been to Normandy… if I was a viking raider looking for a more comfortable life and readily available good land on which to set up a farming homestead, I know which I'd choose* – they'd have no reason to maintain links to home.The Danelaw on the other hand I think came under the overall rule of the king of Denmark or Norway (and paid taxes to them, etc).* I'm not a farmer and as such I preferred Norway myself :)