Saturday, August 24, 2013


Vikings tended to concentrate their raids on monasteries and churches. They obviously didn’t mind stealing any gold or silver found there, but the real targets of these raids seem to have been the monastery occupants. These literate young men after capture were taken to Venice, where they were castrated (ouch!) and offered to buyers in the Byzantine and Abbasid markets, where literate eunuchs sold for a premium:


Note: Literate eunuchs can teach and/or guard the ladies of your harem without the risks posed by—err—intact employees…

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