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Throughout the years The word Viking has come to describe a whole new age in Europe between about 800 CE and 1150 CE Ritchie 3 Really this word generally describes one who pillages plunders and sails a pirate In the Middle Ages especially during the 8th 9th and 10th centuries there were constant raids in England and all throughout Europe by these pirates and during the 9th century these raids became increasingly large-scale Millett 1 Naturally these invasions had drastic negative affects on the people who were victimized The Vikings who invaded England and Europe were from Norway and Denmark Ritchie 3 Nowhere was safe from the Vikings Ritchie 2 especially England The invasions of the Vikings into England throughout the 8th 9th and 10th centuries had a great impact on the people and history of that time The first recorded Viking raid on Britain was a horrible event that took place in 793 CE Ritchie 2 The Vikings chose Lindisfarne a monastery that was revered for its link with St Cuthbert Ritchie 2 to plunder This was a particularly devastating plan because Lindisfarne happened to be one of Britains most sacred sites Ritchie 1 When this act was carried out the Viking threat of attack was clearly spread all throughout Europe Such a horrible raid was entirely random and unexpected since it was the first of the Viking raids It destroyed a holy sacred treasured place It struck fear in all of the English and it was unthinkable that such a holy place should suffer attack from foreign heathens that its monks should be slaughtered and its treasures taken Yet this was to happen again and again to other monasteries throughout England Ritchie 2 This horrible attack was just laying the foundations for what would come The Great Army a large group of Vikings landed in England in the mid 8th century and caused a great deal of trouble all throughout Europe The
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