Scientists analysed the remains of skin patches attached to three English church doors, discovering they came from farm animals – not Viking raiders
21 April 2022
Patches of skin supposedly flayed from Viking raiders and attached to the doors of some English churches are actually animal hides, a genetic analysis has revealed.
At least four medieval churches in England have remains of these so-called daneskins. The most well-known example is from St. Botolph’s church in Hadstock, near Cambridge. According to local myth, St. Botolph’s macabre adornment was taken from a Viking after they attempted to pillage …