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 Vikings influence every settlement they visited. Those Vikings who permanently settled left a lasting impact on the population and heritage.
A Viking hoard, covered by a lead sheet, found near the Lancashire coast tells of 9th C conflict between King Aelfred and his nephew Aethelwold. Rare coins and arm-rings from the Danelaw and Jorvik.
Ethelred the Unready and the ruin of a nation.
Over a thousand years ago Svear Norsemen, Rhos or Rus, went east and set up a trading colony. Warriors with them became the 'policemen' of the region. Rurik was the legend, Russia is now the reality
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 strongest Danish kings of the Viking Age reigned late 10th, early 11th Centuries, their names synonymous with Denmark's zenith, Harald Gormsson, Svein 'Forkbeard' Haraldsson, Knut Sveinsson.
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.
Eastern and western Slavs came into contact with the Norsemen through trading and raiding. In the south the Bulgars and Croats came into conflict with the Vikings in the pay of the Byzantine Empire.
The Vikings influence every settlement they visited. Those Vikings who permanently settled left a lasting impact on the population, dialect, place names and the local culture.