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This Month In... AD 793

Anniversaries that have made history

VIKINGS RAID LINDISFARNE

An attack on a small religious community in Northumbria heralds the start of the Viking Age

On remote Lindisfarne 8 June monastic AD Priory 793, the community suffered peaceful a of and surprise Viking raid. It wasn’t to be a one-off, but proved just the beginning of a period of conquest and expansion by the Scandinavian warriors.

Known as Holy Island, Lindisfarne is a tidal island off the coast of Northumberland. A monastery was founded here in AD 634 by Saint Aidan at the request of King Oswald of Northumbria. It became a renowned base for Christianity in the north of England and attracted monks from communities such as Iona. The beautiful illuminated manuscripts known as Te Lindisfarne Gospels were created here, and the remains of St Cuthbert were buried within.

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