|Vikings looting and plundering a local monastery|
Early in the 8th century vikings would go east, but in 789 three ships from Hordaland, Norway raided Isle of Portland on the Dorset coast, they were approached on the coast by a royal reeve from Dorchester, whose job it was to identify all foreign merchants entering the kingdom, but they killed him. And in 792 Offa of Mercia began to make arrangements for the defense of Kent from viking attacks and the next year 793, the monastery Lindisfarne (Holy Island) on the Northumbrian coast of England was plundered on the 8th June.
The assault made the alarm bells ring all over the christian world, where people never expected a naval attack over the ocean, and the coasts lay totally unprotected. Vikings acted quickly they looted the monastery, killed some monks and took the rest as thralls. The Lindisfarne attack has made a prominent place in the history books as the beginning of the epoch of the vikings. " Never before has such an atrocity been seen " ,whined Alcuin in a letter he wrote to the court of Charlemagne.
|Raban Maur and Alcuin dictates to Otgar, the Archbishop of Mainz|
In this year fierce, foreboding omens came over the land of the Northumbrians, and the wretched people shook; there were excessive whirlwinds, lightning, and fiery dragons were seen flying in the sky. These signs were followed by great famine, and a little after those, that same year on 6th ides of January, the ravaging of wretched heathen people destroyed God's church at Lindisfarne.