On This Day In The Viking Age
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October

Gormánuðr

Known as the slaughter month and start of the winter season in the northern medieval calendars. It is still observed in the current Icelandic calendar. Often celebrated around in medieval times was Vetrnætr or Winter Nights, a three-day feast.

Viking ship

886 – End of the Siege of Paris

This siege started in 885. The Vikings’ leaders were Siegfried and Rollo. The leader of the defending Franks was Count Odo. With a very small army he refused to pay them Danegeld and still managed to hold off the Viking attacks whilst the situation in the city grew dire. By 886, the new king Charles the Fat to pay the Vikings to move away and plunder Burgundy.

See the article about the siege on De Re Militari.

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