Viking Land Settlement
The counsel reasoned and they thought Rollo fit the criteria for a great vassal and warrior. King Charles sent Franco, the Archbishop of Rouen, to negotiate terms of peace with Rollo. After consulting with his men, Rollo agreed to the terms set by King Charles. Rollo’s followers can be quoted talking about the suitable nature of their settlement. The men speak of the geographical positioning of Normandy and opportunities of life they wish to settle. Rollo can be traced back to his baptism in 912 upon agreement with Charles the Simple in which land was given in return. This agreement also entailed the marriage of King Charles’ daughter Gisla with Rollo. The cession of land and baptism of Rollo was a step toward establishing the House of Normandy. The significance of the marriage furthered the relationship between Normandy and the French monarchy.
The cession of land could not have been thought to bring the future impact it did. Rollo’s Norse comrades had previously settled the territory given to him. Mainly the French thought to take advantage of the situation they could not control. By ceding the land to Rollo, this offered protection from fellow heathens. It was in the middle of the 10th century when one can see a more established role of leadership upon kinship. The house was strategic in befriending and forming relationships with great powers split in the Carolingian