BBC The Vikings Part 3

What a pity this was the last episode! Among other things the artefacts on Shetland were stunning. It is really unusual to see archaeological remains made of organic material such as wool and wood.

The explanation of the effect of the spread of Christianity was very good. Less so was the way in which Neil Oliver dismissed the possibility that there had been Viking settlements on Greenland and Newfoundland. Also I was not happy with the generalisation that Swedes went east, Norwegian went west and Danes went to Britain. There were significant numbers of Norwegians in Ireland and as I have mentioned before, in Turkey. And as grave goods discoveries in Sweden have shown, there were large amounts of “geld” coins collected by Swedish Vikings in Britain.

However, all in all, this was a superb series and most enjoyable.

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