No one knows why the Irish population was in gradual decline in the two centuries before the first longships
began raiding monasteries on the coast looking for treasures.
Synopsis: The popular image of the Vikings is of tall red-headed men, raping and pillaging their way around the coast of Europe, stopping only to ransack monasteries and burn longships
. But the violent Vikings of the 8th century became the pious Christians of the 11th century, who gave gold crosses to Christian churches and in whose areas of rule pagan idols were destroyed and churches were built.
Rory Jenkins, a 34-year-old construction site manager from Tonyrefail, caught the fish weighing 7.32kg at the far end of Longships
Road to win the South Wales Sea Anglers Open Competition.
When human beings get a move on, change happens: The wheel, probably first used in the Middle East around 6,000 years ago, meant building and trading supplies could be moved more easily and whole civilizations rolled out; The Vikings sailed far and wide because they used a keel on their longships
; Horse-and-carriage gridlock gave rise to subways; The bicycle changed the world for women in terms of freedom and fashion; Drones and driverless cars are the future--coming sooner than we think.
A National Trust spokesman said: "Seaborne warriors plunder the north in their longships
, a noble and his kin are slaughtered under a banner of truce and a wall holds back hordes of painted warriors.
"The water levels and tides in Europe are continuously monitored by our in-house nautical and operations So we set sail, or whatever longships
First port of call will be Aalborg in Denmark renowned for its Viking experiences - longships
, open air life-size villages and museums.
In The Knight's Enemies, for example, the reader is given a short account of medieval weapons, while in The Viking's Revenge, the reader can learn all about Viking longships
"The West Float, on the Wallasey docks, is the site of the former Wallasey Pool and its highly likely there would have been longships
here a millennium ago, and now, after this break, there will be one here again."
Shields adorn the sides of the boat and round the walls of the shed are paintings of previous Jarls in scenes from Norse times - longships
coming ashore, battles and raids.