Everyone is fascinated with Vikings. If you are in Minnesota, then the team is practically your official religion. If you love opera then you can't help but think of a Wagnerian fat lady belting out tones and breaking crystal while adorned with a horned helmet. If you have any sort of cable package, you might be a fan of the Showtime series Vikings (my mother-in-law definitely is).
In this episode I talk to Lee Accomando, host of the Viking Age Podcast, all about their history. He starts off by going into great detail about how to conduct a coastal raid. All you need to do is be a chieftan, gather men together, have access to a longboat, and target a wealthy monastery or village to plunder for gold, relics, and other valuables.
But Vikings were far more than raiders. They were the most important explorers and traders of 800-1200 A.D., going as far west as Newfoundland and as far south as Baghdad.
In this episode we discuss…
- Viking paganism
- Their expansion across the entire North Atlantic
- How Vikings reached Iceland, Greenland, and the New World
- How Viking traders colonized Russia, personally protected the Byzantine Emperor, and frequently traded with Arabs
- What brought the Viking Age to an end
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