21. Harald II Svensøn
In the end of Jomsvikinge Saga is told:
"King Sweyn placed tinga-men lid at two locations: one in Lunduneborg who had Ulf's brother Eilif Thorgilsøn as leader; He had sixty ships on the Thames; Second thingmannalid was north up in the Slessvik; There Thorkel the Tall's brother Heming Jarl was leader; there were also sixty-ships.
The tinga-men had the law that no one should spread uncertain rumors, and no one should be out at night. They sought to Bure Church; there was a large bell with which there should be rung every night at three o'clock; then all should go to church without weapons. The same statutes they had in Slessvik.
In the army two men, Thord and Audun, are mentioned.
Skeletons excavated in Kendrew Quadrangle, St John's College, Oxford. The skeletons are placed topsy-turvy, as if those killed simply had been thrown into a hole. Radiocarbon method will provide a date, but this process will take several weeks or months to complete, and in any case will not give an exact date, only a range of possible dates. It is tempting to speculate that the skeletons may be related to a known massacre of Danes living in Oxford on St Brice day year 1002 or reprisals by the Danes when they attacked and burned the city in 1009. Elsewhere the author has read all the skeletons are from young men, indicating that they may origin from the massacre of Jomsvikings in 1014-1015. Photo Thames Valley Archaological Services.
The tinga-men had great power. There were two times market each year, one every midsummer, and the second time at midwinter time. The Englishmen thought that no time was more convenient to destroy Thingmannalid than precisely now, when Sweyn had died, and Canute was still young. Every winter near Christmas people drove into the castle with wagons laden with the goods that they used to take to market; it happened also this winter, and all the wagons were covered. It happened after Ulfkel Snillings and the brothers Adelraad's sons deceitful advice and instigation.
The seventh day of Christmas Thord went outside the castle to a women, whom he often visited, who lived in a house outside; she asked him to stay there that night. "Why are you asking me about something for which I can be punished?" he asked. "I ask you for this," she said, "because it seems to me important." "We would then conclude the agreement," he said, "that I should be here, but you must tell me, why you are asking me about that." "The reason for this my plea," she said, "is that I know that it is decided to destroy the entire tinga-mens' army." "How do you know," he continued, "what we do not know?" "It is so," she said, "that people drove in wagons hither to the castle, pretending they were transporting goods, but there were a number of men in each vehicle, but no goods, and thus they have done north up the Slessvik; and when the third part of the night has passed, then there will be rung bells in the castle that to the warriors can prepare for midnight, but when the two thirds of the night have pasted, then there will be ringing from Bure Church; then you are expected to go unarmed to the church, but then the church will be encircled." "It is certain," Thord said, "that your friendship is great, and I must tell it to Eilif, although it seems to be a rumor, but this farm you will have as your property."
Skeletons unearthed in Kendrew Quadrangle, St John's College, Oxford, which may origin from the massacre of the Jomsvikings 1014-1015. Photo Thames Valley Archaological Services.
"Thord went into the castle, where he met his brother in arms, Audun, and they went and told Eilif, what they had heard. He advised the men about it; some believed it, but others said, it was an unfounded fear. They heard that the bells rang as usual, and many thought that the priest did it. All those, who believed Thords words, went with weapons, but all the others were unarmed."
When they came to the churchyard, they found a lot of people in front of them; then they could not get their weapons, because they could not go home. Eilif asked them for advice, but they said that they knew nothing. "I think it is not adviceable," Eilif said, "to show ourselves fearful and run into the church, as it can offer no refuge for us, but the best seems to me that we jump over the shoulders of those, who are outside the wall, and try if we can escape to the ships."
Thus they now did. The biggest bloodshed happened at the ships; however Eilif escaped with three ships, but from Slessvik no one escaped, and Heming fell. Eilif journeyed to Denmark."
"After three years had passed, Knud, Thorkel and Erik sailed with eight hundred ships to England. Thorkel had thirty ships, and killed Ulfkel Snilling, and avenged so his brother Heming and married King Adelraad's daughter Ulfhild, whom Ulfkel had had in marriage. With Ulfkel fell the entire crews of sixty ships."
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