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The Vikings in Aquitaine

A missing piece of the invasions

ByJoel Supéry

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French historians have never studied the Viking invasions in southern France. However, in 840, the Vikings seized the 12 cities of Gascony and got rid of their bishops. This early conquest meant that the Vikings were not mere raiders but warriors led by a clan with a strategy. Behind Bayonne, they saw Narbonne and a safe route to Mediterranean prosperity, bypassing Gibraltar. This early presence in the south allows us to analyze the Viking phenomenon as the most extraordinary trade war of all time, a war aiming for the Mediterranean trade. In this book, we analyze the impact of this early presence on the course of the invasions, but also the traces left on the identity of Gascony and Aquitaine, which in the 12th century became the most powerful kingdom in Europe thanks to its 'miraculous' navy.

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Publication Date
Feb 24, 2022
Language
English
ISBN
9782957358205
Category
History
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Joel Supéry

Specifications

Pages
258
Binding
Paperback
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
A5 (5.83 x 8.27 in / 148 x 210 mm)

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