July 12 – Theodore and John the Varangians; John Gualbert

Theodore and John (d. 983) were Varangians, i.e., members of that ethnic group that includes today’s Norwegians, Swedes, and all that lot. In those days Varangians were a big presence in Kievan Rus’, which was on their primary trading route to Constantinople and all it represented (the Spice Road, the Mediterranean, Doner kebabs, etc.). Some… Continue reading July 12 – Theodore and John the Varangians; John Gualbert