Varganing Guard-Artist Impression. The "Varangians" were battle hardened norse traders, who on their long journey down to Byzantium (modern day Turkey), had to fight against a lot of pirates, and thieves, who wanted to steal their goods. The Emperors of Constantinople hired them as their personal guards. The most famous one was Harald Sigurdson Hardrada.
Viking warriors carrying their weapons as the Viking sword
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Viking warriors, had to be vigilant all the time... After all, Charlemagne, the emperor of the Franks, and the Pope, had declared a war of total annihilation against them... because they were free pagans, and not tax slaves to the Vatican, and the political christian authorities!!!