Foreword by Magnus Magnusson K.B.E.
1100 years ago a group of Viking settlers from
Norway arrived somewhere between West Kirby and Meols on the shores of
north Wirral, having been driven out of Ireland. This initiated a mass
migration of their fellow countrymen into the area and soon they had established
a community with a clearly defined border, its own leader, its own language,
a trading port, and at its centre a place of assembly or government - the
Thing at Thingwall. This community was answerable to nobody else: the English,
the Welsh, the Dublin Norse, the Isle of Man, Iceland, and not even Norway.
The Wirral Norse settlement therefore satisfied all the criteria of an
independent, self-governing Viking State - albeit a mini one!
This book, written by Wirral-exile and scientist Steve Harding, is about these people, why they left Norway, where they settled, their religion, their pastimes - such as horse-racing at Irby and rock-climbing at Wallasey - and the legends that have been attributed to them - including the awesome Thór's Stone at "Thorsteinn's farmstead". Wirral was also probably witness to one of the greatest battles in the history of the British Isles - Brunanburh.
Published by Countyvise Ltd., 14 Appin Road, Birkenhead,
CH41 9HH, U.K. firstname.lastname@example.org
Size A5 paperback, 226 pages, fully illustrated/ colour., ISBN 1 871201 09 8.
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