What the Vikings did for entertainment

From Science Nordic: The Vikings played ball, lifted stones and wrestled. Often the games turned violent and bloody, occasionally resulting in death. Life in the Viking Age was tough and hard, and physical work filled much of their days, but their lives were not without leisure. In a new study, Leszek Gardela uses archaeological findings Read more about What the Vikings did for entertainment[…]

The Battle of Stamford Bridge Society

Each year, the Battle of Stamford Bridge Society holds a big two day re-enactment event surrounding the battle that occurred on September 25th, 1066. This years event will be held on September 22nd/23rd. It attracts around 300-400 Saxon and Viking warriors. These folks set up living history tents and then re-enact various aspects of the battle. The tents Read more about The Battle of Stamford Bridge Society[…]

Viking-era ‘piggy bank’ yields silver treasure

From The Local (Swedish news): A bronze, Viking-era “piggy-bank” containing thousands silver coins dating from the 11th century has been unearthed on the Baltic island of Gotland in what Swedish archaeologists have described as a “fantastic” treasure find. The silver treasure was found last Thursday during an archaeological examination of a field in Rone, on southern Gotland. Read more about Viking-era ‘piggy bank’ yields silver treasure[…]

The Viking Invasion of England: Lindisfarne Abbey

The sack of Lindisfarne Abbey is considered by many historians to begin the period of the Viking invasions of England. It is mentioned briefly in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as such: This year came dreadful fore-warnings over the land of the Northumbrians, terrifying the people most woefully: these were immense sheets of light rushing through the Read more about The Viking Invasion of England: Lindisfarne Abbey[…]

Harald Hardrada

Harald Sigurdsson (1015 – September 25, 1066), later given the epithet Hardrada (Old Norse: roughly translated as “stern counsel” or “hard ruler”) was the king of Norway from 1047 until 1066. He also claimed to be the King of Denmark until 1064, often defeating King Sweyn’s army and forcing him to leave the country. Many Read more about Harald Hardrada[…]