Vikings Season 3. This is a description of the true Sack of Paris by the Vikings, we’ll see if the TV show makes some changes… But I don’t think so.
Anyway, if you consider these historical facts are spoiler alert, please stop reading.
Ten things you should know:
1.- The Sack of Paris of 845 was the culmination of a Viking invasion of the kingdom of the West Franks.
2.- The Viking forces were led by a Danish ruler, who conventionally has been identified with the legendary saga character Ragnar Lodbrok, the brave hero of Vikings!
3.- In 810, King Charlemagne of France, fearful of the Scandinavian people, had already create a coastal defense system along the northern coast of France.
4.- This defense system was effective against a Viking attack at the mouth of the Seine in 820 (Charlemagne was already dead). However, it failed to hold against renewed minor attacks of Danish Vikings in Frisia and Dorestad in 834.
5.- In the 830s and early 840s, Danish Vikings took advantage of the Frankish civil wars between Charlemagne’s descendants. Major raids took place in Antwerp, Noirmoutier, Rouen (on the Seine), and Nantes.
6.- Finally, in March 845, on Easter Day, a fleet of 120 Danish Viking ships and more than 5,000 men entered the Seine under the Ragnar Lodbrok.
7.- The Franks could not make any effective defense against Vikings, and they withdrew only after being paid a ransom of 7,000 livres of silver and gold by Charles the Bald, King of France.
8.- This would be the first of a total of thirteen payments to Viking raiders by the Franks.
9.- Ragnar pillaged other sites along the coast on the return voyage, including the Abbey of Saint Bertin.
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10.- In Vikings Season 3, actor Travis Fimmel play the role as King Ragnar Lodbrok, the head of the Viking earldom of Kattegat who became king after Horik’s death.
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