The Viking flag was hoisted over the Mare des Laguettes last weekend. Camp was set up, and the invasion began –
They’d brought with them their weapons –
but also their household items, as if for a long stay –
Not only that; they were accompanied by their workers in wood and bone –
and in metal –
They set up home in Surtainville; but of course, it was just for the weekend. For these Vikings were members of a re-enactment society, of which a search of the web reveals many in Normandy. They brought with them traditional artefacts, games, and music, many of which are still to be found in derivative form in the region.
The Viking kingdom of Normandy was established in 911 A.D. by permission of the King of France, in order to try to curb the power of the invaders from the North, but also in recognition of their advanced state of civilization, under Rollon (Hrolf Gongu). 100 years later it had become a Dukedom within France, but was to blossom again under William, Duke of Normandy who in 1066 established the Kingdom of Britain and Normandy.
Many Normans revel in their Viking origins, and for the 1100th anniversary of the Kingdom of Normandie are planning on linking with countries of Viking origin throughout the world, and organising events and spectacles in celebration.
More information can be found on the website –
and the links to Viking and Norman heritage given there. ( www.Normandie-heritage.com is one example)
Bob & Marjory