Ten Interesting Facts about Viking Invasions.
Defend your home as the English or establish a new one as the invading Vikings!
The Viking Invasions. In the late 8 th century, Vikings from Scandinavia began to raid Ireland. Other parts of Europe at about this time were responding to such pressures by developing the system of feudalism, but the Gaelic society did not lend itself to such development.
The Vikings were a collection of people from Scandinavian regions that migrated and conquered European regions from the eighth to the eleventh century. The Vikings traveled from their homeland to raid and colonize the British Isles, Iceland, parts of Greenland, the Frankish Empire (France), parts of Italy, as well as other areas in Europe.
The Viking raids and subsequent settlements define the period known as the Viking Age in Britain, which had profound consequences on the development of the culture, law and language. The raids started in June of 793 CE when three ships approached the shore by the abbey of Lindisfarne, off the northeast coast of England.
The Viking Invasion. The Viking fleet left Norway and sailed first to Orkney, still a Norse territory. There and as he sailed south, Harald Hardrada, the Norwegian king, recruited other forces. His first landfall was at the Tyne, where he met sea-borne forces of the ousted Earl Tostig.
In 991, Olaf led a Viking invasion of England, which resulted in a victory at the Battle of Maldon. Afterward, the English paid off the Vikings in an effort to prevent future attacks, at least.
The Vikings had a huge impact on the growth and history of England. They are probably the most important thing to happen to England in its entire civilized history. Before 790AD, England was a hodgepodge of petty kingdoms and warring states. There.