- Dec 22, 2014
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- Wessex and Mercia
The Vikings, under the semi-legendary Ragnar Lodbruk, occupied several major towns in Gaul/Francia, including Paris.
Normandy basically became a Viking enclave and it's not hard to see some Viking heritage there even today.
They obviously brought their Norse religion with them. The evidence is though that the Vikings rapidly adopted Christianity and became Frankified in terms of language and culture.
Unlike the ephemeral effect of the Norse religion in Francia, the Roman pantheon of gods had a far stronger influence and supplanted the old Celtic religion throughout Gaul.
Notre Dame de Paris is thought to have been built on the site of an abandoned Gallo-Roman temple to Jupiter (originally "Dyeu-pater" meaning father-God).