The Viking Age
One day in the year 789 A.D., an official of the King of Essex went ashore to welcome three ships that came along their shore. Thinking that the new arrivals were seafaring traders, he brought with him a small number of men, not knowing that he was going to be slain. The culprits were Scandinavian warriors who, from then on, began a slew of raids and attacks that spread through the entire European nation. This signalled the beginning of the Viking Age, which lasted for almost 300 years from 789 to 1066 A.D.
Viking warriors are stereotyped as tall, blonde, dirty savages who pillaged and raided villages and communities. They are currently pictured as huge barbarians with horned helmets carrying weapons. However, the Vikings are actually pirates, raiders, tradesmen and seafarers of Scandinavian origin who proceeded to travel through different parts of Europe when they left their homeland.
Although they did raid and pillage towns and villages during the Viking Age, they also contributed to the exploration of new land, as well as the development of towns and villages with their trading skills. These Scandinavian warriors possessed the strength, as well as supreme navigational skills that made it easier for them to sail from one coast to another.
They settled and explored the rest of Europe and expanded their knowledge and influence on the region. They brought with them Viking ships, during that time, which were relatively superior to the ships made and used by common people.
The Viking Occupations
From the first series of attacks on the beginning of the Viking Age, they proceeded through the rest of the British Islands. After the Lindisfarne Viking raid in 793 A.D, the Viking warriors continued to sail and explore lands throughout the rest of England. The Vikings went from the North through the West shores of England and England where some of them settled as farmers.
When they went to Jarrow, which is a small town in River Town, England, the people were resistant and were able to keep control of their town. The Vikings had no choice then but to move on to other lands.
From England, they went to Ireland where the town of Dublin was founded. The Scandinavian warriors settled and spread their influence over the locals with their arts and crafts, as well as the methods of trading. The Vikings proceeded to explore the rest of Europe including Greenland, Faroe Islands, Shetland Islands, Labrador, Normandy, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Russia.
Original Authors: Jennifer Tumanda
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 15/07/2008