Different Strokes for Different Folks Essay

1496 Words Sep 25th, 2013 6 Pages
Russell Lytle
Professor Jordan
History 440
December 13th, 2011
Different Strokes for Different Folks
The hunter has now become the hunted. For centuries during the age of the Roman Republic and Empire, citizens of Rome knew that north of the Alps resided longhaired, thick-bearded, untamed races of Germanic peoples that Romans, both pleb and aristocrat eloquently referred to as barbarians. These naked savages to the north had shown they could defeat the mighty Roman Empire repeatedly by using tactics the Roman legions were not accustomed to, and superior knowledge of their home terrain. The Battle of the Teutoburg Forrest and the failed conquest of Briton perfectly illustrate the capability of these so-called barbarians. In addition,
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The earliest account of a Viking raid in England took place in the year 789.1 Though this first raid was relatively small, the Vikings still managed to sack the nearby town. From then on, constant Viking raids tormented the English coastline. As a center of wealth in the medieval ages, monasteries served as the perfect target for Viking raids. The accounts detailing the suffering of the people, especially the holy, are gruesome at best. “In 870, the same year Peterborough was destroyed, the nuns at Barking are said to have been burned to the death in their church by the Northmen.”2 And the anonymous chronicler of Peterborough recounted how the Vikings burned and demolished his monastery, and slew the abbot and the monks and all that they found there, reducing to nothing what had once been a very rich foundation.”3These are just a few of many instances of Viking brutality towards the monasteries of England. The Vikings, being pagan themselves, had no second thoughts about burning to the ground the church of another religion. What is more damaging to the people of England was that monasteries were also the center of literacy. With the mass killing of monks, the Vikings also severely impaired the knowledge of English people, something

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