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9th-12th Century Irish Viking Thrall Shackle
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This Irish Viking iron thrall (slave ) shackle is of the type used by the Vikings in the slave raids in Ireland from 841 A.D to 1102 A.D. The Vikings not only took slaves, but often seized high profile figures such as kings and Bishops to negotiate a release fee which was a quick means of a sizeable profit before release back to their communities. The hostages would remain in these types of shackles, secured to the captives ankles until the ransom demand was met. This practice of slave taking/hostage taking by Vikings in Ireland ceased in 1102 A.D under legislation from the Norman rulers of England. A rare piece of Viking ironwork associated with the slave raids of Ireland.
Harvey Evans Antiques has clarified that the 9th-12th Century Irish Viking Thrall Shackle (LA331541) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 9th 12th Century
In used condition. Excavated on the outskirts of Dublin. No breaks or cracks. Iron worn in places. Ironwork has pitting. Small traces of original pitch tar remain, a medieval means of rust protection. See photographs for details.
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This 9th-12th Century Irish Viking Thrall Shackle is located in Derbyshire, United Kingdom