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Vikings raid Holy Island

Posted in Anniversary, Famous battles, History, Legend, Religion on Saturday, 29 May 2010

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picture History of Lindisfarne, Holy Island

A history of Holy Island, illustrated by Gerry Embleton

8 June marks the anniversary of the Viking invasion of the Holy Island at Lindisfarne, a tidal island off the coast of Northumbria near Berwick upon Tweed. In 793, the Vikings raided Lindisfarne Priory, heralded, according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, by foreboding omens: “There were excessive whirlwinds, lightning storms, and fiery dragons were seen flying in the sky.”

picture A Viking Longboat

A Viking Longboat

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