A brief overview of the history of Orkney, from early Pictish origins to Viking settlement, and a tour of Orkney's neolithic sites and standing stones such as Stenness, a site similar to Stonehenge
Viking incursions in Frankia brought about a near-collapse of an empire built by Charles 'the Great'. Trade and culture suffered until Charles 'the Simple' turned attackers into guardians...
From early raids by opportunists at the end of the 8th Century, through the reign of Aelfred of Wessex to the infant England of Aethelstan the Norsemen threatened the security of these islands.
Another Viking dig, this near Carlisle in Cumbria, found a complete late Christian cemetery with artefacts including a pair of oval brooches, jewellery and weaponry.
Leadership skills amongst Norsemen could move men to achieve the impossible against the odds. A leader could cheer his men to fight, create poetry to inspire, and die with them - remembered in awe.
The Saga of Hrolf 'Kraki', parallels and links with 'Beowulf', mythical background attached to the Danish Skjoldung dynasty in its neighbourly struggle. Background and pagan connotations...
The dawn of time, dark, cold on one hand, molten rock on the other, a void between filled by Odin and his brothers with a new world. Giants, dark elves and dwarves dwell beneath hills in caverns...
King of the Franks, Charlemagne’s military conquests and forceful propagation of Christianity posed a threat to the existence of the Pagan Vikings. This may be a reason for the famous Viking raids.
Are some people innately superior to others? Many certainly thought so in times past. Bigoted assumptions and ethnic stereotypes - examples of attribution error - tend to fade with knowledge. See how.
The Vikings influence every settlement they visited. Those Vikings who permanently settled left a lasting impact on the population and heritage.