Saturday, July 26, 2014

Vague Viking



There are conflicting accounts of ninth-to-eleventh-century Norse people. One story characterizes them as intelligent craftsmen and traders with progressive ideas on gender equality.  In the alternate version, they're a berserk whirlwind of theft, rape, and murder.

So which is it?

Eventually, every narrative becomes false as time and interpretation filter it into an oversimplified distillate.  Only firsthand experience can reveal what history obscures.

Not that I'd like to find out, in this case.

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