September 25th, 2006

KIller

On this day

Some 940 years ago, a Viking got a spear up his jacksie, and the end of an era ensued.

Or, in other words, the Battle of Stamford Bridge happened, when the last Viking army of consequence got comprehensively stomped by the last Anglo-Saxon king, shortly before he himself got killed by a bunch of Normans down at Hastings.

Given that the Normans were also of Viking stock, does this count as History's first rebranding exercise?

(Oh, how wonderfully right - the spell checker doesn't know 'jacksie', so suggests 'backside'.)