SO, were the Vikings violent?

Vikings lived ‘harmoniously with our ancestors’

Viking warriors who raided and colonised Britain in the 11th century went on to form harmonious relationships with our ancestors, scientists claim.

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6:50AM GMT 13 Mar 2009

The Scandinavian invaders are remembered in history books as barbaric savages who pillaged towns and villages, and raped their women.

But new evidence shows that following their violent arrival, the Vikings lived in relative harmony with their Anglo-Saxon and Celtic counterparts.

According to researchers at Cambridge University, they swapped technology with our forefathers and enriched their culture.

Dr Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, a senior lecturer, believes modern-day Britons today can “take a lesson” from such positive immigration.

“Most people’s image of the Vikings centres on their arrival and disruption but that only continued for a very short period of time,” she said.

“Afterwards they started building settlements and interacting with the locals and became assimilated into their culture and influenced them in many ways.

“As such they provide a clear example of how a particular group came into a sophisticated established society and the resulting interaction was positive.

“Both societies profited and modern day people can take a lesson from this that two cultures coming together can learn from each other.”

The ‘Between the Islands’ conference has been organised by Cambridge University’s Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic studies.

Leading international scholars will unveil more than 20 cutting-edge studies of the Vikings and their interaction with ancient Britain.

Their claims were said to draw on archaeological evidence, historical studies and analysis of language and literature from the period.

Dr Fiona Edmonds, who is helping to organise a conference on the subject, added: “The latest evidence does not point to a simple opposition between ‘Vikings’ and ‘natives’.

“Within a relatively short space of time – and with lasting effect – the various cultures in Britain and Ireland started to intermingle.

“Investigating that process provides us with a historical model of how political groups can be absorbed into complex societies, contributing much to those societies in the process.

“There are important lessons that can be gained from this about cultural assimilation in the modern era.”

(article the appeared in “The Telegraph”)

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17 Responses to SO, were the Vikings violent?

  1. toti says:

    yes they were because they liked to fight

  2. mateo says:

    That they were violent and agresive.

    They were violent-now Vikings lived in relative harmony with their Anglo-Saxon and Celtic counterparts.They were agresive – now they harmonious relationships with our ancestors .

  3. tomas b says:

    the vikinges wear very violent and now they alllive inpeas and harmony together with the ango saxon and the celtic now to there relatonships with our ancestors

  4. Felipe says:

    I know that they were agresive and they attacke a lot to England.They were intelligent because they had a lot of battle plans.
    Now they lived in harmony with their Anglo-Saxons and Celc counterparts.
    They are bulding settlements and interacting and became assimilated into their culture.

  5. Cami Barletta! says:

    They were very violent and aggresive because they destroyed a lot of thing but the were also smart because in battles the always usually wonn because they had very well maid boats and a good army with good plans .
    But now they live in harmony with our ancestors.


  6. Catalina Rela says:

    That they were vilonet and agressive.
    That they lived in harmony and peace with the anglo-saxons and the celts.

  7. Rochi :) says:

    Yes, the ango’saxons were very violent. I know that the vikings lives very well with the Anglo-Saxons and Celts.

  8. Rochi :) says:

    Sorry this is a correction of what I wrote.
    Yes, the Vikings were very violent. I know that the Vikings lived very well with the Anglo-Saxons and Celts.

  9. DELFI says:

    Yes they were very violent.
    The vikings lived very well in armony with the Anglo – Saxons and with the Celts

  10. luli says:

    The Vikings were very violent.
    They lived in harmony with Anglo-Saxons and Celts.

  11. catu says:

    the vikings were very violents and agressive.
    the vikings , the anglo -saxons and the celts there relationsships.

  12. mara says:

    They were very violent and aggressive, but they live in relative harmony with the Anglo-Saxons and the Celts.

  13. Luna says:

    The Vikings were violent but then, not. A teacher said thet they werent SO violent after all. We learned that the vikings were aggresive and violent and here it says that for some time were violent but not then.

  14. Pepo Roldan says:

    Yes they were ver violent people.
    Now i know that the vikings were living in armony with the celts and the anglo saxons!!!!

  15. santi says:

    They were violent but then no.
    They lived very well with Anglo-Saxons and Celts.

  16. Flor Araya says:

    The Vikings lived very well with the Celts and with the Anglo-Saxons but they were violent and agressive and then they weren’t.

  17. lara says:

    Yes they were violent and they had live in relative armony with theirAnglo-Saxons and the Celts.

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