There was a possibility that Vikings were the first medieval warriors to wear chain mail (Donovan 30).The Vikings use of offensive and defensive weapons have lead them to many victories. Vikings were warriors that were still culturally rich, inspiring warriors, and daring masters of the sea. Their obsession with ships help them achieve greatness with their amazing craftsmanship and how cunning the Vikings were. Their fighting strategies are not old in the weapons but also in their religion. The weapons why used played a big role in the viking reputation, but also symbolized how good or wealthy the Viking was.
There were three countries that Vikings evolved from; Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Although it may seem that all Vikings were on the same side, they quarreled with each other as well. Despite the fact that Viking battles were bloody and gruesome they were also known to be the most hygienic out of many of the earlier civilizations. There was not a huge percentage of Vikings that went out and raided but when they did they made a huge impact on what Vikings are now known for. The success of Viking warfare and raids relied primarily on the uses of armor, weapons, long ships, and battle tactics.
Scandinavian culture even traveled to the North Atlantic to discover North America approximately five centuries prior to the voyage of Christopher Columbus. This venture was short lived due to the inability to repopulate the new land. Many Scandinavian social groups remained under their old structures and administrative laws until the tenth century. In the tenth century, militant leaders had been to Europe and brought back new ideas from Christian... ... middle of paper ... ...vidence why historians cannot distinguish a single cause for the Vikings drive to travel. Religion may be a factor but the most common or shared need among these varies groups of Vikings is urban marketing and trade.
As stated before, they were not just raiders, although they did do this frequently, but they were actually expert traders, trading all around the world. It wasn’t until around 793 A.D. that a Viking explosion took place in northern Europe (Jonsson 2). Raids began to take place on neighboring villages and their places of worship. To some this is the only type of knowledge they have about Vikings. However, their culture was something to be admired.
Vikings are most commonly known as vicious people that pillaged and plundered their way through villages, but they were also people that were embedded in their own unique culture and traditions. Vikings originated from a country called Scandinavia which is now known as Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Vikings were around from about the 9th to the 11th century. They were independent farmers, but they are most well known for being pirates and raiders. Vikings were also very good carpenters, warriors, and at navigating the European shores.
The Vikings were rich and were good poets and also were good with arts and crafts, and were experts at blacksmithing. They were believed to be the first settlers that came to America8. The Vikings were the first ones to have a first true democracy since ancient Greece8. The Religion that the... ... middle of paper ... ...of Stiklestad was the most famous battle in Norway history15. The Swedish Vikings were the Vikings that were the most powerful11.
Sometimes they were known as 'Northmen' or Danes. The Vikings shared a similar heritage as the Saxons, a group of people who had previously invaded Britain. The Vikings sailed to other foreign countries because they weren't able to do many profitable things in their own homes. The soil was infertile, and the land was rocky and covered in ice and snow for most of the year. The Vikings also wanted to leave their homes because they marvelled at the prospect of adventure, trade and plunder.
So dating the exact end of the Viking Age is vague at best. The same can be said about the approximate beginning of the Viking Age as well. Although it's officially marked by most scholars as beginning in 793 AD with the raid on the Lindisfarne Monastery, however it wasn't a new concept to go “vikingr' (raid). Viking raids were already occurring in a vast range of other areas, including France. The most accepted official start of the Viking Age is recorded to have begun on June 8th, 793 AD when Norse raiders landed on the island of Lindisfarne and attacked the Christian Monastery located there, killing the monks and seizing the valuables.
Further Russian and Eastern European migration from primarily Swedish Vikings include the use of Varangian mercenaries in service for the Greek emperors in Constantinople. Throughout the 10th century, the Varangians fought battles for the emperors in Mesopotamia, Crete, Southern Italy, and other areas. The Varangian guards protected Byzantine emperors until the 13th century. Vikings from Norway utilized their fighting skills in return for economic prosperity mainly in Northern France. Some were mercenaries like their Swedish brothers, but Norweigan Vikings let fear work for them and extorted large payoffs to not attack.
The blood-thirsty Vikings had such a strong influence and impact on Western Europe that their impact of Viking contact spread throughout the world and lives on today. Three significant ways they affected the world was by the Vikings amazing technology skills of ship building and navigation as well as their polytheism religion. The Vikings in their time were the best shipbuilders and sailors in the world. Their ships were very strong as they were made out of a very long-lasting type of wood, which was oak wood. They thought of many creative ways to make their ships more durable, such as dipping sheep?s wool in tar and then filling in the ships gaps to make it waterproof.