in the 1st Viking raid on Britain, on Summer 8, 793, Vikings, sacked the monastery of Lindisfarne, a center of discovering popular throughout the continent, built on a tidal island off the northeast coastline of The united kingdomt, including its collection among all of their spoils.
"Monks were killed into the [Lindisfarne] abbey, thrown to the sea to drown or carried away as slaves together with the church treasures. Three Viking boats had beached in Portland Bay four years earlier, but that incursion might have been a trading journey that moved wrong versus a piratical raid. Lindisfarne ended up being various. The Viking devastation of Northumbria's Holy Island shocked and alerted the royal Courts of European countries. 'Never before has such an atrocity already been seen, ' declared the Northumbrian scholar Alcuin of York. Over any other single occasion, the attack on Lindisfarne cast a shadow on perception regarding the Vikings for the following twelve hundreds of years. Perhaps not through to the 1890s did scholars outside Scandinavia start really to reassess the achievements of the Vikings, recognizing their particular art, the technical abilities while the seamanship" (quoted from Wikipedia article in the Viking Age, accessed ).
"Monasteries had been a favoured target as a result of riches that have been found in them. Jarrow had been occupied in 794 and Iona in 795, 802 and 806. After repeated raids because of the Norsemen, the monks of Lindisfarne fled the monastery in advertising 875, taking the venerated relics of Saint Cuthbert together with them for safekeeping" (, accessed ).