By Terry Marsh
This guidebook follows the Coast to Coast or C2C stroll, popularised through Wainwright, which runs from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay on Yorkshire's east coast. At 178 miles (300km), this renowned long-distance jogging direction could be simply walked inside a two-week vacation.
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Perhaps generalized anxiety about Scandinavians that year explains Louis’s reaction when Svear (Sueones) calling themselves Rhos were sent by the Byzantine emperor to the Frankish court for onward transit home: Louis feared they might be spies and decided to keep them with him pending further en quiries (see Chapter 1). One of the pirate chiefs attacking Frisia was none other than Harald. In 833/4 Louis’s rebellious eldest son Lothar had apparently encouraged Har23 NOf CTHMeN M66T FfCXNKS F a cin g : Louis the Pious is depicted in richly classicizing martial costume as tftiles C h ris ti (‘warrior of Christ’) in this manuscript of Hrabanus Maurus’ In Praise of the Holy Cro55, perhaps made at the author’s behest for presentation to the emperor.
The frustrated raiders killed a few of the monastery’s peasants and set fire to the cellar, but they left so quickly that the monks could emerge from their hiding-places and put out the fire. In 860 the monastery of St-Bertin was attacked, but the community had had plenty of warning. According to the author of a iru/is/ui/o written a gen eration later and relying on memory and oral testimony, all the monks fled, save four, ‘intent on martyrdom, save that God had to some extent decided otherwise’.
By the end of the decade all the main rivers of the west Frank ish kingdom were being exploited by Viking fleets. Even the Rhone valley was plundered by a fleet that sailed into the Mediterranean in 839 and estab lished a base in the Camargue on the south coast of Frankia. The West Frankish kingdom suffered most; the others were not so seriously disrupted by Vikings, despite the existence of many promising targets in the valleys of the Rhine and Meuse. These rivers were, in effect, protected most of the time by other Vikings who were based near their estuaries as allies of the rulers of that part of Frankia.
A Northern Coast to Coast Walk: From St Bees Head to Robin Hood's Bay by Terry Marsh