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793 AD : A year of ‘rapine and slaughter’

793 AD the year that should strike fear in every reader’s heart. Reading the contemporary sources for 793 and you’d be forgiven to think that you were reading Lord of the Rings, or a particularly apocalyptic section of the Bible- “A.D. 793.  This year came dreadful fore-warnings over the land of the Northumbrians, terrifying the people most woefully: thesewere immense sheets of …

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