Please welcome Andrea Cooper to my website today. Her topic is one of my favorites-Vikings!
However, the reality of the Vikings is more complex. Many were farmers and rather than bloodthirsty warriors, they were searching for land more so than gold.
They were the cleanest compared to Europeans of the time so much so that “an English cleric accused the Vikings of washing so frequently (typically once a week on Saturday) to seduce Christian women.”1
Viking women were allowed to divorce their husbands – something women in Britain were not permitted to do until 1857 – and that was only if she was abused or if he left her.
The largest and yet most unknown contribution that Vikings have given society is law.
The word ‘law’ in English is a Viking word. The Thing was an assembly similar to a court, which included a jury. The jury could be twelve, twenty-four or thirty-six individuals who would hear and judge the trial. The accused was judged by a group of their peers.
They believed in free will and freedom.
So the next time you get that jury duty summons, thank the Vikings.
Women in the Viking Age by Judith Jesch(Oct 24, 1991)
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Here is an excerpt from my historical romance, Viking Fire, with Bram (a Viking) explaining to Kaireen (a feisty Irish lass) about the importance of freedom in his country. Previously, he has tried to force her into agreeing to their betrothal, but now realizes his mistake.
“Bram?” Trepidation flooded her.
“I was going to tell you tomorrow, but it’s probably best that you know it now.”
He took a breath and Kaireen felt as if she stopped. A gnawing fear inside her made her want to double over, but she locked her legs.
“I have wronged you.” He held up a hand at the shake of her head. “In my country we believe that an individual’s freedom can overshadow the rights of kings. Even though I am no king, I have not given you your freedom to choose. Consistently you have told me that you do not wish to marry me. I’ve only wished to make you happy, and it is evident to me now that I cannot. I will honor your wishes and I release you from our marriage commitment.”
“Will you and Rebec-?” she couldn’t get the words out.
He grasped her hand turning it over to bring the palm up to his lips. His kiss brought shivers through her body. “No. I will not marry her or anyone.”
Viking Fire blurb:
856 CE, Ireland is a land of myth, magic, and blood. Viking raiders have fought the Irish for over half a century. Rival Irish clans promise only betrayal and carnage.
Kaireen, daughter of Laird Liannon, is suddenly forced into an arranged marriage with her sworn enemy, a Viking. She refuses to submit. With no mention of love, only land and the protection of her clan, she endeavors to get her betrothed banished from her country. Will love find its way around her stubborn heart?
Bram, the Viking, finds himself without future or inheritance as a younger son in his family. A marriage to the Laird’s daughter would grant him land if he swears fidelity and if his men will fight along with the Liannons against any foe—Irish or Viking. However, the Laird’s feisty daughter only holds animosity for him and his kind. Is marriage worth the battle scars of such a relentless opponent?
With the blame for a rival laird’s death treacherously set against the Liannons, Kaireen and Bram must find a way to lay aside their differences as an unforeseen darkness sends death snapping at their heels.
“Andrea Cooper weaves a tantalizing tale of life in a not-too-civilized Ireland. Best of all she weaves in the unique thread of a courtship filled with fun, fury, and fighting that leads to a love that show how true loves are willing to give their lives to protect each other. Good entertainment.” –Long and Short Reviews
“The story is fast paced with almost constant action. The love story is sweet as Kaireen matures into an incredible and strong woman. Sinister plots and violent betrayals tell a compelling story. A very enjoyable story.” –Night Owl Reviews
What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).
Andrea writes fantasy, paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba.
She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.
Viking Fire is her second novel with Crimson Romance and is a historical romance. Her debut novel, The Garnet Dagger Book 1 Legends of Oblivion is a fantasy/ paranormal romance series. Cursed in Shadow Book 1.5 and Son of Dragons Book 2 Legends of Oblivion are also available.
She has also written a historical short story romance, The Proxy, as part of a collection with five other authors – each writing in a different romance genre – look for Six Shades of Romance on Amazon.