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  • Saxo Grammaticus 'Mike The Knight'

    The representation of past cultures in modernity is one that is repeatedly problematic. More specifically, the image of the Scandinavian settlers that expanded into the British Isles in the late 8th century has received much of this treatment. Today, these people are commonly known as ‘Vikings’ and a fair amount of misrepresentation accompanies the term. This stereotype of the Scandinavians paints them as a brutish and uncultured group of people that terrorised the coasts of the British Isles…

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  • Viking Settlements In Britain

    Introduction From the 8th century to the 11th century, some Scandinavians, as a stronghold of Scandinavia Peninsula, exploited westward to Iceland and Greenland, even Canada, south to mainland Western Europe and southwest to Britain and Ireland. Tyranny and poor living conditions might be the main reasons for their invasion (Owen 1999 10). There are two invader sources, one was from Norway, we called them ‘Norse’, the other was from Denmark, we called them ‘Danelaw’. At the beginning of the…

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  • Viking Age: A Historiographical Analysis

    Historiography can be defined as the study and interpretation of historical writing. It is “understanding how historians of the past conceived of their projects and the methods they used.” A historiographical analysis studies the history of historical writing on a variety of topics such as the Vikings. When mankind usually thinks about the Vikings, they think of strong male warriors raiding villages and sailing the seas on their long ships. In fact, “Vikings are irredeemably male in the…

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  • The Viking Age

    The Viking Age was an era in European history during which the peoples of the Baltic and Scandinavia surged onto the world stage as pirates, raiders, traders, and fearless explorers. There are many controversies and theories as to why the Scandinavians chose, or were forced, to leave the far northern reaches of Europe. Various indications have suggested a possible population increase that correlates with available farming land, which in turn, connects to an increase of people looking to settle.…

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  • Food In Viking Age Essay

    Food consumed during the Viking Age was mainly food that was easy and convenient to acquire; however, we will see more uncommon foods being served at special occasions such as feasts where the purpose of that food was to impress the highly-ranked guests. When researching the topic of Viking Food, there are many different traditions that are brought up that deal heavily with food. However, in most sources there is a common theme that is repeated, which is the importance of certain foods and the…

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  • The Argument For The Transformation Of The Viking Age

    The Viking Age occurred from late 8th century to mid-11th century. Within this time frame Viking populations across the globe experienced a number of significant changes that signalled the transformation of the Viking age. It should be made clear that this essay will argue for the transformation of the Viking age, as opposed to the end. The main factors behind this transformation are primarily religious in nature, a claim supported by Angus A. Somerville and R. Andrew McDonald, who cite, ‘the…

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  • Resilvetion Of Society In Jared Diamond's A Tale Of Two Farms

    Jared Diamond spends the prologue of his novel, “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed”, explores the demise of communities throughout history and how such a thing could occur. He believes, as can be inferred from the title of the book, that societies primarily fail as a result of the decisions they make in response to other issues. In the prologue, “A Tale of Two Farms”, Diamond presents his definition of a collapse, his framework for analyzing a collapse, and how he compares the…

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  • Viking Land Settlement

    The Viking age of exploration took place in the 9th and 10th century, and; they became known for their unique, designed vessels and daring, seafaring raids. During early exploration, the Vikings comprised of many groups, such as: Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. The numerous Viking groups sought opportunities of different intent whether that be a new land settlement, opportunities of trade, or barbarically raiding villages. None of these would prove to be more pivotal than the settlement of…

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  • The Rise Of Cnut's Collapse

    The sudden death of King Cnut the Great in 1035 CE brought the stability of the most impressive Scandinavian empire of the period into peril. Harthacnut, Cnut’s eldest son born to Emma of Normandy, his second wife, and the heir apparent to Cnut’s state, faced insurmountable odds to retain the lands over which his father held domain. Yet, the breakdown of the empire failed to undermine the legacy of Cnut’s accomplishments, and in proxy, the success of early High Medieval Scandinavian states.…

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  • The Great Viking Invasion

    Lief Eriksson is credited to actually have been the first to discover America, hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus. His father, Eric the Red, discovered and settled the area we know as Greenland. Two famous Vikings that came from an era that would be best known for its brutality, the legendary warriors and the mythology. From 700-1100 AD, Vikings ruled the land. A strong and proud race of Nordic seafarers who traveled the Norwegian and Baltic seas in long boat, from battle to battle…

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