|Saturday March 29th MMXIV|
"Vikings In London: Just Like Family"
After all the evil little mensch at the New York Times don't exactly have an affinity for Nordic types, much less our pre-enrichment ancestors and their jingoistic ways.
That's why this little diddy by Times communist Katrin Bennhold (wink) caught me by surprise.
From the article :
"But the Vikings’ travels took them much farther afield. One gets a glimpse of their impressive reach in the display of a single hoard, buried in the Vale of York in northern England in 927 and discovered only seven years ago. There are precious objects from countries as different as Ireland and Afghanistan, spanning three belief systems and seven languages. Inside a silver cup from modern-day France, fragments of a Russian neck ring and a host of Islamic coins, among other objects, were found.
“Most people know that the Vikings got around Europe and traveled to North America, but few know that they were instrumental in Russia’s development and in the development of trade and contact with the Islamic world,” said Mr. Williams, the curator."