The Countess knew what they called her, but how should she care? What else was she to do when the men had ridden away in search of glory, leaving the land unprotected and the crops unharvested?
They hadn’t been gone long when the long ships arrived.
There was no battle.
Who was left to fight them?
Erik the Red took her for his leman, promising in return the safety of the duchy and its young women.
When the longboats left at the end of summer Erik took his Red Queen with him. They had to lash her to the mast.