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.
Midwinter, a time for telling and sharing. In a Midgard dwelling a man tells of how, when he paid his respects to the Allfather, he was given wise counsel on how to live his life and prosper...
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.
Norse presence in ireland dated back to the end of the 8th Century. Over the next 150 years Vikings held sway with cities built on three coasts. After Clontarf in 1014 England became a target again.
Eirik 'the Red' left Norway because of killings, settling in Iceland. In trouble again he took family and followers on to Greenland. Son Leif 'the Lucky' began the first settlement in North America
Ship sizes in the Viking Age varied according to use. King Aelfred had some of the biggest ships of the age. Trading vessels were broader and higher for cargo, warships longer and lower for speed.
The gods of the northern world explained, their functions, where they lived and - in brief - what adventures they got up to.
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
The Vikings from raiders and traders to empire builders, Europe could not have been the same without them. Russia could never have influenced the east, Britain would have stayed a peaceful backwater.
Vikings, Danes or Norwegians were thin on the ground in Wales. More often than not they raided. Svein 'Forkbeard' landed in south Wales, establishing a settlement named Sveins-ey, later Swansea