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from the 8th 11th centuries hordes of scandinavians spread out by land and sea across europe. colonizing as far as constantinople in the east and possibly even newfoundland in the west. these vikings. or norsemen traded and raided their way across europe.
famous for their manoeuvrable ocean-going longship. the sea warriors shocked contemporary chronicles with the speed and factory of their attacks. they were also notorious for their readiness to sack churches and monasterias.
britan at the time consisted of squabbiling. disunited kingdoms. they were unequipped to mounth a united front against invaders.
as a rezult in 865 a huge army of norwegian and danish vikings seized scottish and irish coastal areas and most of northerm and eastern england. moves to the south and west however. were successfuly blocked by altred. king of wessex . who negotiated the division of england between himself ant the danish king. the latter retaining the part to rhe north and east of watling street.
this became known as the danelaw. where vikings settled as farmers. traders or craftsman. despite their popular image as terriflying barbarians. the vikings brought to britain their radition of epic poerty. their art and their expiriense as tarders and in shipbuilding. their tongue influenced the english language.
From the 8th century onwards scandinavians began to colonize Europe.
They traded and raided their way across the entire Europe.
Their sea warriors shocked the population with the speed of their attacks.
They were also notorious for their readiness to sack churches and monasterias.
At that time Britain consisted of disunited kingdoms which were not ready to fight against the invaders.
As a result, in 865 a huge army of Norwegian and Danish vikings seized Scottish andIirish coastal areas and most of northerm and eastern England.
But when they moved to the south and the west? they were successfuly blocked by Altred.? one of the English kings.
This resulted in negotiating the division between himself and the Danish king and became known as the Danelaw.
The vikings settled as farmers. traders or craftsman.
The viking brought to England many useful things such as epic poerty, their art and their experience as tarders and shipbuilders.
Their language greatly influenced the English language.