EU's 'ghost revenue' rules could send Ireland back to the old Viking Empire
Published 13/04/2016 | 02:30
Contrary to popular belief and mythology, the Vikings were not a blonde, blue-eyed, Dark Ages version of Isil, raping, pillaging, terrorising and subjecting infidels to unspeakable degradations.
The reality is that the Vikings were extraordinarily successful because they were an amazingly well-organised and highly centralised commercial entity.
At its zenith, their trading network stretched from the Black Sea to Iceland, revealing a sophisticated level of boardroom preparation, meticulous planning and mercantile reasoning behind their specific conquests, combined with a finely tuned degree of diplomacy which allowed their future leaders to learn in the great courts of Constantinople and Baghdad, before coming back to Scandinavia to rule the Vikings.