Laying waste to everything


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Medieval Warfare, Vol. VII, Issue 1


The Danes who plundered West Frankia in the ninth century owed their success to sturdy longships that allowed them to reach deep into the heart of the Carolingian kingdom via its major rivers. They initially avoided battle with the Franks, but when necessary they fought in close formation behind overlapping shields. In the middle part of the century, the Danes began wintering on islands in the major rivers. Their year round presence in the region, coupled with their desire for greater prizes, increased the likelihood of battle.