Viking Longship

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-23
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
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Following on from Roman Fort and Pharaoh's Egypt is thisthird title in the fresh, non-fiction series based on 'fly-on-the-wall' reporting. Learn all about the Viking way of life as we sail with Uggla, Grim and their grizzly crew. Listen to stories about the Norse gods, watch the Viking craftsmen at work, raid achurch and attend a warrior's funeral. With flies, beer stainsand bloody fingerprints plastering the pages, this is a bookthat will have the Vikings springing from its pages.


Who were the Vikings?

‘Viking’ was originally a name given to the sea-pirates from the Scandinavian countries

of Denmark, Sweden and Norway. In 793 AD, Viking pirates raided the monastery

at Lindisfarne. The Christian monks were the only people writing books in those days, and they were horrified. They described all Vikings as bloodthirsty barbarians, although Vikings were probably no more violent than the Saxons and other peoples of

the age. At this time England was divided into many small kingdoms and their Anglo-Saxon kings fought one another for power. England was a Christian country, but the Saxons had once worshipped the same pagan gods as the Vikings.

As they became more organised Vikings grouped together, sailing and exploring further. Waves of Vikings colonised parts of England, Scotland, Ireland and Europe in the 9th, 10th and 11th centuries. Their major settlement in England

was the town of Jorvik (York).

Other Vikings sailed east, settling in parts of Russia. They traded and raided

as far south as the Byzantine Empire. Others migrated north, colonising

Iceland and Greenland – some Vikings even went on to discover

North America. So Vikings were much more than pirates –

they were skilful boat-builders, sailors, explorers, traders,

craftsmen, clever farmers and poets.

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