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The Vikings of the Baltic (Volume 1) (Paperback) Loot Price: R443
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The Vikings of the Baltic (Volume 1) (Paperback): George Webbe Dasent

The Vikings of the Baltic (Volume 1) (Paperback)

George Webbe Dasent

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. THE VIKINGS MAKE READY. While Havard Snaketongue was on his way with Sigvald's answer to King Sweyn the Vikiugs lost not a moment in their preparations for the voyage. Whatever the chiefs might think of it, the men were overjoyed at the prospect of a fresh adventure; and the only difficulty that arose was from the desire of all to accompany Sigvald, though it was out of the question that more than half the force could go. Such heartburning did this cause, that at last recourse was had to lots; and though those who did not draw the lucky lot still growled and grumbled at their ill-fortune, they could not complain against the chiefs, for had not heaven, that is chance or fate, settled it once for all? This matter of going or not going was in reality almost all the Vikings had to do. There in the harbour their three hundred shipsalways lay fit for sea with stores and arms aboard, for no one knew when they might be summoned to the fight. In four days, therefore, Sigvald was ready to start with his hundred and fifty ships; of which one-half, seventy-five, were larger, carrying about one hundred men each; and seventy-five smaller, with crews of not more than fifty men. All told, the force mustered about eleven thousand men, a match for any levy which King Sweyn might raise against them in that short space of time. The day before they started they went out for what we should now call a naval review; and Sigvald, steering his ship which was called the " Bison " or " Urus," led the way out of the port. After him came Bui in the " Lion," then Beorn in the "Bear," for he called his ship after himself, then Vagn in his new ship the "Eaven,"then Thorkell the Tall in the " Dragon," then Sigurd, Bui's brother, in the " Sea-Horse;" and after these great chiefs a...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: George Webbe Dasent
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 52
ISBN-13: 978-0-217-61875-5
Categories: Books
LSN: 0-217-61875-8
Barcode: 9780217618755

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