The 6th Age of the World: Anglo-Saxon England and the Great Heathen Army

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2023-04-13

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The early medieval period saw intense Viking raids in Anglo-Saxon England and as widespread as North America and North Africa. They established trade routes through modern Russia, Turkey, Asia, and Europe. Fearless warriors settled in England in 871 and began to fight for territory and goods. Holding large territories, commonly known as Danelaw, they inhabited most of the midlands and East coast of England until the Norman Conquest in the eleventh century. Outside of battle, they were savvy businessmen, fierce sailors, and inclusive leaders. Norse women held political roles independent of husbands, led armies, and made armor and weapons for the raiding parties. The Norse Invasion shaped the England we know today. Many of their words, laws, and towns still exist and remain important epicenters of trade and art.

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