Ragnar issues the challenge to Earl Haraldson who initially declines on the grounds Ragnar is a criminal. He remembers what the soothsayer told him however and decides to accept. A pregnant Lagertha, fearing that Ragnar is too weak to win, thinks they should just run away. He is triumphant however with everyone, including his brother Rollo, swearing allegiance to him and his family. Haralson is given a funeral befitting his rank. Roolo. it would seem, has ambitions of his own. It's a long cold winter but in June 794, three viking ships make their way to England and travel down the Tyne to attack King Aelle.- Written by garykmcd
Barely recovering, still in pain just when making love, Ragnar dares earl Haraldson to a duel to the death. Although not obliged to fight a banished 'criminal', the old tyrant accepts, is beaten and refuses his wife bandaging his fatal wrist wound, desiring to be united with his late sons. His daughter kills her imposed old husband, Rollo promises the desperate widow another bright future with him. To Athelstan's disgusted astonishment, the Viing funeral on a burning ship includes a slave girl who chose to be slaughtered for the occasion. After accepting all warriors' homage, Ragnar sets out on his first plunder voyage for his own account. Again it's to Northumbria, where king Wigea cruelly executes by novel snake pit the captain whose troops failed to fight off the previous Norse raid.- Written by KGF Vissers
Ragnar, weak and still hurt, must meet the Earl head-on after it comes to light that Rollo has been tortured on Haraldson's orders.- Written by Kevin Grogan
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