Who were the Vikings?

Viking fever is everywhere, as exhibitions and TV programmes explore these ancient raiders and sea-farers. Were they savage plunderers like pirates or deeply misunderstood early settlers?

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  1. Do we need to rethink our idea of Vikings as pirates?

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  1. In pairs, imagine you have a time machine to go back to Viking times. List the top 5 questions you would ask.

Word Watch

Scandinavia
a region in Northern Europe with a common culture and related languages, including Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Plunderers
people who raid and rob other people by using force, often during war.
Anglo-Saxons
settlers who arrived in Britain after the last Roman soldiers left in AD 410. A mix of people from north Germany, Denmark and northern Holland.
Alexander the Great (356–323 BC)
King of Macedonia and conqueror of the Persian Empire.

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