Monday, May 6, 2013

Pirates of Ancient Britanny!

From a letter of about 466AD, describing pirates of Brittany;

"Shipwreck, far from terrifying to them, to them is training. With the perils of the sea they are not merely acquainted, they are familiarly acquainted...they gladly endure dangers amid billows and jagged rocks in order to achieve a surprise."

From p.15 of Wooding, J.M. 1996. "Communication and Commerce Among the Western Sea Lanes AD 400-800. British Archaeological Reports, International Series 654.

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