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On This Day… Ragnar And The Vikings Attack Paris

Written by: George Chittenden : 09 Jul 2019

It was on this day, 28th March, back in 845 when Ragnar and his Viking army sacked Paris. The Vikings had sailed from Denmark and up the River Seine into France. Sacking Paris was the culmination of their invasion of the kingdom of the West Franks.

The Norse chieftain Ragnar was also known as "Reginherus", and he has often been identified as the legendary saga figure Ragnar Lodbrok, but this remains disputed amongst historians. Ragnar sailed a fleet of 120 ships up the Seine, carrying thousands of men. The King of France, Charles the Bald, gathered a small army in response, but when the Vikings slaughtered half of them, the remaining soldiers retreated.

Paris today

Paris today

The Vikings pillaged Rouen and Carolivenna before attacking Paris on March 28th. When the city fell the Vikings occupied it, and only withdrew when Charles the Bald paid them a ransom of approximately 2,570 kilograms of silver and gold.

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