♔ When I lived at the court of the emperor Charlemagne, these northmen had already emerged from their lairs to attack parts of his empire. […] There was some confusion about their identity, but from the build of their ships and their speed through the water, the emperor recognized them at once as northmen. After a lightning attack… they made their escape. The emperor’s men took up the chase, but they were soon out-sailed. And now it is our turn to deal with these ruffians, these pagans. But deal with them we shall… And must.