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From Scotland to Normandy: The celtic sea route of the vikings

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The origins of the Vikings who settled in Normandy are well known to historians. Indeed, many Vikings did not come directly from Scandinavia, but from their colonies in England. The Vikings also followed another sea route to the coast of France, one which was less direct and, because of this, certainly less used. This route belonged to the Norwegians who, from their settlements in Scotland and Ireland, sailed either directly to Brittany or Aquitaine, or indirectly (because the Cornish peninsula presents an obvious obstacle) to the Channel Islands and the coast of The Cotentin (Normandy). The Vikings who travelled from their English colonies to settle in Normandy were evidently accompanied by Anglo-Saxons, as is suggested by the numerous linguistic traces which they have left.

Keywords: Anglo-Saxons; Celtic sea route; England; Ireland; Scandinavia; Scotland; Vikings



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