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.
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 influence every settlement they visited. Those Vikings who permanently settled left a lasting impact on the population and heritage.
Sea battles nowadays are 'long-distance' affairs - you never see your enemy until you capture him or he has you. In Viking times a sea battle meant hand-to-hand fighting, close-up and personal!
Thorkel 'the Fosterer' seeks Thorfinn's help and visits King Olaf in Norway for help against Einar. Einar slays Olaf's friend Eyvind, is in turn slain by Thorkel. Brusi yields the jarldom to Olaf...
Wondered how Irish blood came to Iceland or Norway; blonde, blue-eyed people came to the East? Long before Africans were sold in the Americas Vikings had a roaring trade in thralls across the seas.
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.
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.
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.
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...