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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a region in Northern Europe with a common culture and related languages, including Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
people who raid and rob other people by using force, often during war.
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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