Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Harrying And Trading
-Poul Anderson, War Of The Gods (Tor Books, New York, 1999), p. 229.
Did they harry the primitive Wends but trade with civilized Gardariki or harry both? Thralls could have been captured or bought. Harrying or conquering primitive areas could be justified not by me but by some as civilizing the primitives and as giving the troops combat experience. How did the expedition across the Baltic ensure renewed peacefulness? Harried primitives are less likely to attack - maybe. Mutually beneficial trading certainly encourages peacefulness. We must not judge Hadding by our standards but we should assess him and his period nevertheless.