The Vikings in England
The Viking Age is one of the longest and most colourful parts of the history of Europe. Beginning from the 8th century, the Vikings reign spread to over a period of 300 years when Scandinavian seafarers went to various parts of Europe, Asia and Africa to engage in raids, warfare, trading and exploration.
There is a general misconception about Vikings being tall, wild and dirty savages, who raided, pillaged and settled on an area. From 793 A.D., these Scandinavian warriors left their homeland to search for new lands to settle in. Thus begins the long saga of Vikings across Europe and throughout Asia and Africa.
Among the many 'activities' that Vikings engaged in when they began their journey across Europe was raiding monasteries. In 793 A.D., the Viking raiders attacked a monastery where they held monks in captivity. From that very first raid, they conducted other small invasions across the English shores.
One of the last raids conducted by the Vikings was in a monastery located in River Tune, England. Here, they were met with resistance as their leaders and members were killed, to the surprise of the Vikings.
The attack in Jarrow was their last raid in England, and from here they moved on to its neighbouring lands. Despite the long running and multitude invasions of the Scandinavian warriors all throughout England during the Viking Age, they left a tangible influence over major parts of England.
Take a look at the impact of the Viking Age on England:
When the Scandinavian warriors left England, the English language adopted several entries on the dictionary of words with Scandinavian origin. These words later on melded with the native dialect. Until now, names of streets and places, as well as everyday words of Scandinavian origin are still being used in the English language.
·Culture and People ·Politics
The Viking settlers and raiders from Scandinavia did more than just contribute to an exciting and colourful English history during the Viking Age. Until now, news reports reveal that the Viking blood still literally flows in the veins of the very people from the United Kingdom. There are many modern influential people that have Scandinavian ancestry.
Aside from language, the political influences and sense of justice reveals a great similarity to the Vikings who raided and settled over the nation more than 1,200 years ago. These political beliefs were also being used as basis of present rules and system of the country.
Original Authors: Jennifer Tumanda
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 29/07/2008