By: Jasmine Davis
What were they?
Vikings were more than raiders, they were traders and colonists who left an enduring mark on Britain.
What was the bases of religion of the vikings?
The vikings were known as Pagan plunderers, but they quikly adopted christianity alongside their own gods.
What did they leave behind?
The vikings left a lasting legacy by the formation of independent kingdoms of England and Scotland.
Most viking men were all around handymen, but some had special skills such as boat-builder, potters, leather , and also smiths.
Viking women baked bread and also spun and weaved to turn wool into cloth. They looked after children and also made clothes. They cooked two meals a day and also worked on the farm mostly milking cows and making cheese.
Babies were usually given thors-hammers to protect them from evil spirits. Boys usually took their fathers names and girls often took the same name as their mother or grandmother. Viking children did not go to work because they helped their parents work and learned viking history, religion and law. By 15 or 16 they were adults and girls fathers usually chose their husbands.
Where did they come from?
The Vikings came from the countries of Scandinavia including Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.
Where did their name come from?
The name 'Viking' comes from a language called 'Old Norse' and means 'A Pirate Raid'
When was the 'Viking Age'?
The Viking Age lasted from 700 to 1100 AD.
How did they build their ships?
The viking ships were built with swift wooden longships and shallow draughts. the viking ships also included sails and they used oars to move even when the wind couldn't carry them. They built their ships this way so that they could piratically raid.