Of the raid, the Christian chronicler Alcuin wrote:
Never before has such terror appeared in Britain as we have now suffered from a pagan race. . . . The heathens poured out the blood of saints around the altar, and trampled on the bodies of saints in the temple of God, like dung in the streets.
Ah, the good old days.
I'll be drinking a toast in honor of those brave lads who dared the open seas in their longships, reddened the altars, and made off with a small fortune in silver in the process. Nothing like doing well by doing good. ;-)