What medieval sources reveal about the true nature of the Vikings



Downham, C
(2017) What medieval sources reveal about the true nature of the Vikings. The Conversation.

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Abstract

We’ve seen it all in documentaries and dramas. The Viking Age begins as hordes of Vikings leap ashore from their long-ships, in a lightening raid against defenceless clerics and lay folk, only to depart as swiftly as they arrive loaded up with slaves and booty. These hit-and-run raids are seen to have continued for decades before visitors from Scandinavia began to trade, negotiate and found settlements on English soil. While it can’t be denied that Viking raids were violent, the established narrative of first contact seems oversimplified in the light of contemporary evidence.

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Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2017 10:01
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2020 08:38
Open Access URL: https://theconversation.com/what-medieval-sources-...
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URI: http://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3007142