The Vikings and Francia, 799–936

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The earliest recorded Viking raid on Frankish territory occurred off the Aquitanian coast in 799. It marked the opening of one and a half centuries of conflict as the Vikings plundered along Frankish coasts and rivers with increasing intensity and shifting aims. Small-scale raids turned to large-scale incursions, turned to settlement and even political integration, the form and development of this activity having a fundamentally regional aspect, This chapter provides an overview of Viking activity and its evolution in regions connected to some of Francia’s most important river systems: the Garonne, the Loire, and the Seine.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of French History
EditorsDavid Andress
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780367808471
ISBN (Print)9780367406820
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge Handbooks


  • Vikings
  • Francia
  • 799–936
  • raiders
  • Scandinavians
  • French history
  • Garonne
  • Loire
  • Seine


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