Viking Land Settlement

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The Viking age of exploration took place in the 9th and 10th century, and; they became known for their unique, designed vessels and daring, seafaring raids. During early exploration, the Vikings comprised of many groups, such as: Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. The numerous Viking groups sought opportunities of different intent whether that be a new land settlement, opportunities of trade, or barbarically raiding villages. None of these would prove to be more pivotal than the settlement of Normandy in Northern France in 912 A.D. An agreement made between Rollo (Scandinavian descent) and Charles the Simple (French descent) was to grant land in return for protection of King Charles’ people. The agreement was known as the Treaty of St. Clair-sur-Epte. …show more content…
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

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