|George Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze|
Carlene and I recently visited the Field Museum in Chicago and had an opportunity to tour the Viking exhibit. It was relatively small and simple but to me it was meaningful. Seeing the remains of a legendary Ulfberht sword and looking at the group's cosmological evolution as well as items from everyday life clicked for me.
|The best swords during the Viking era were made by Ulfberht. The swords we so good that they were even counterfeited.|
I mention this as we come into the time of year when we celebrate the Declaration of Independence because we should recognize that this founding document might not have come into existence had the Magna Carta not been sealed by King John 800 years ago at the insistence of 25 barons at Runnymede and their allies. Most of those barons were Normans which meant they came from Normandy in France. They were essentially “men from the north” or Vikings and the Magna Carta reflects their Viking philosophies and approach to life (see below).
|Excerpt from Leadership Principles of the Vikings - What You Need to Explore, Conquer, and Succeed as a Leader in Dark Ages by Jan Kallberg|
|Normans on Bayeux Tapestry By Dan Koehl (Tapestry de Bayeux) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons|
|A modern representation of Robert de Vere, 3rd Earl of Oxford and Magna Carta Baron (from here).|
|Robert de Vere's grave site.|
|The Listing of Magna Carta Barons in my tree along with three generations of names many with Norman (Viking) roots.|
|Stained glass rendering of Jeffrey Ferris in First Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT.|
|Dalhousie Castle Cockpen Parish Midlothian County Scotland stands on lands thought to have been first acquired by Sir Symon de Ramesie in 1140 from King David I.|