club's name is derived from an ancient law that
once controlled the north-eastern parts of England.
It was declared, by Alfred the King of England,
to appease the plundering Vikings and provided them
with a territory of England which was under their
control. Hence the area soon became known as "The
Danelaw". This law was put in place in 878
A.D. and lasted for some sixty years. The English
Saxon's were fed up with the fierce Viking raids
so that this was the only viable solution left to
make peace with the invaders. The capital of this
Viking territory was York. Some parts of this realm
are still referred to as The Danelaw today.
Norman 1100 AD
Normans were originally Viking invaders that, not
unlike their Danelaw cousins, kept raiding the northern
parts of France. Finally in 911 A.D. the King of France,
"Charles the Simple", gave Viking Chief "Ganga Hrolf-Rollo"
the northern part of France known as Normandie (or
Normandy) as a peace offering. During the next 150
years they settled in Normandy where the combination
of old Norse Fury and French finesse gave rise to
the people known as the Normans.
the historic year of 1066 A.D. the Normans, led by
William the Conquerer, invaded England and defeated
the Saxon army of King Harold at the Battle of Hastings
in southern England. He promptly set about becoming
the outright ruler of all England. His introduction
of the Norman way of life helped shape the way we
see modern Britain today.