Adam of Bremen (11th Century Religious Scholar)
“Poverty has forced them thus to go all over the world and from piratical raids they bring home in great abundance the riches of the lands. In this way they bear up under the unfruitfulness of their own country.”
- Commentary on Viking activity from Adam of Bremen’s History of the Archbishops of Hamburg-Bremen (4.30), translated in The Viking Age: A Reader, edited by Angus A. Somerville and R. Andrew McDonald. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.