14. Ragnar And His Vikings
Carrying weapons, and shields, they couldn't fail.
The invading army came out of the north,
Stepped out of their ships, then marched forth.
Charles the Bald divided his force,
To fight hard warriors known as the Norse.
He placed his men on both sides of the river,
These strong Viking men made the Franks shiver.
Fierce Norse warriors stood at the ready,
Disciplined Vikings held their lines steady.
When Ragnar Lodbrok ordered the attack,
The Frankish army was quickly thrown back.
The Vikings took prisoners, a hundred or more,
They hung them right up, next to the shore.
There they swung for Charles to view,
The Christians were outraged, but what could they do ?
With masts filled with wind, and soldiers with rage,
They showed the Parisians that this was their Age.
Ragnar and his men then sailed up the river Seine,
They looted, and pillaged, and caused so much pain.
King Charles was terrified, he wanted no more,
He even allowed them to keep their spoils of war.
7000 pounds of silver he paid them to leave,
The Franks were left there to cry and to grieve.
The peace King Charles bought lasted not long,
Paying off the Vikings turned out to be wrong.
The lure of the Danegeld brought warriors back,
Over and over the Norsemen would attack !
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), Copyright, 2011.