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Viking history
The Complete History of the Vikings

The Viking Age began with the attack on Lindisfarne Monastery in 793, known as the first Viking raid. The event that marked the end of glorious days was the death of King Harald III the Severe at the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066.

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Viking warriors

How could a small and scattered people over great distances have subjugated such a vast territory? The Norse Vikings had a fearless, fatalistic vision of the world, which naturally made them natural born adventurers. Participants in the raids had an amazing ability to ignore either defeat in battles on land or failure in dangerous sea expeditions. The death toll in battle was sometimes alarmingly high in relation to the total number of Vikings, but this did not stop them from conquering and exploring new lands and seas for 250 years.

Peaceful traders and honey lovers

The Vikings are known mainly as ruthless robbers, and rightfully so. However, at the same time, many of them were peaceful traders and farmers, and often expeditions were equipped for the exchange trade. Those who avoided making a living by sea robbery far from home provided their families with conventional farming. Their daily life was probably challenging and energy-consuming, but there was also a place for fun. The most famous Viking drink was honey, an alcoholic beverage similar to beer sweetened with honey.

The decline of the Viking age

Travelers not only brought their cultural identity to continental Europe, but also borrowed foreign culture, languages ??and knowledge. By the 12th century, the Vikings were weakened by internal divisions and increased resistance from other European countries, which learned the hard way to defend themselves against raids and were now building fortified fortifications.