Another history of the viking invasions.
Side picture. This viking game of strategy - known as Tafl or Hnefatafl- may symbolize the invasions that struck Francia Occidentalis. Four yellow armies without a visible king try to defeat a green army protecting its king. The yellow armies seem invincible as they have no king to protect. The main difference with reality is that the Franks (the green ones) didn't know the rules of the game played by the Vikings. Ribe, Denmark. Photo J. Supéry.
In 1930, Thomas D. Kendrick, archeologist and keeper in the British Museum, wrote a remarkable "History of the Vikings" which is considered the most complete study of the Viking phenomenon. However, Kendrick forgot to mention some events that may change everything in the understanding of the invasions in Western Europe.
He's not responsible for this forgetfulness: the author relied on the French historians to study the invasions in France and the fact is that these historians “chose” to ignore some events, the main event ignored being the conquest of Gascony during the year 840…
The chiefs who conquered Gascony were called Ragnar, Asgeir, Hastein and Björn. Far from being common looters, they were the Saekonungar, the Sea Kings, who led the invasions in Western Europe.
Why did these Saekonungar attack Gascony so early?
We have found an answer and this answer changes everything.