A decorative mouse pad with a motif from a
French manuskript from the 11th century. The picture shows a
Vikingship full of warriors ready for raiding. France was,
during the years 8-900 DC, frequently raided by the Vikings from
the North, they followed the rivers far into the country. At one
time even Paris was attacked. Monasteries and churches were an
easy catch for the Vikings.
A fleet of Viking ships filled with aggressive
vikings must have been a terrible sight. The picture reflects
the fear it must have caused. The monk who created the picture
did not himself experience such a threat, he painted it only
after the tide of vikings was well over. One can see this from
the kite shaped shields, the Vikings always had
round ones. Also, the spearheads are different from how the
Norse type. Actually, the shields and spears reflect the
French weapon technology of the 11th century. Also note that the
artist has placed the steering ore on the wrong side of the
With all the errors the artist made and the
damage done to the manuscript itself over a thousand years, the
picture is astonishing from an artistic as well as a historical
point of view. One of the most famous pictures from the time,
nice to have beside the PC!
The original manuscript is in the Biblioteque
Nationale de France in Paris. Permission to reproduce the
picture on the mouse pad is of course obtained.
The mouse pad is of high quality, has a soft
surface and rubber sponge base. Size is 220 x 180 mm.