silver ring with an inscription in Arabic in a Viking grave, confirming accounts by Arab travelers from the Middle Ages about their peaceful encounters with the Scandinavians. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/96/Comb1.jpg/591px-Comb1.jpg ]]>

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  1. It’s incorrect to refer to the attack on Lindisfarne as a ‘victory’: it was a sea-borne raid on a defenseless, non-fortified island, not a battle.

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