The End of the Viking Power

For 300 years, the Viking were the most powerful people in Europe. But by AD 1100, Viking power began to weaken. The Viking homelands were divided into separate kingdoms, led by rival kings. Places once ruled by the Vikings, like western Russia, became independent kingdoms with leaders of their own. These new kingdoms were strong enough to fight off Viking attacks and even to invade the old Viking lands.

Elsewhere, groups of Viking settlers became part of new mixed communities. They spoke the language of the people who lived near them, followed local customs and forgot many of their old Viking ways.

As Viking power collapsed, Viking lifestyles changed and beliefs disappeared. Viking families stopped migrating and warriors no longer went on raids. Missionaires converted the Vikings to Christianity.

However, Viking civilization did not completely disappear. Many places in northern Europe still have Viking names. Some Viking ideas, such as the right to free speech, have been copied in modern laws. Viking stories, myths and legends are still enjoyed today.

When the Vikings were converted to Christianity, wooden churches were put up all over Scandinavia.


~ by vallepajares on January 4, 2010.

2 Responses to “The End of the Viking Power”

  1. Dear Sir, I am writing to follow up on my earlier message. We would still very much like to use extracts from your blog in an Oxford University Press publication. If I do not hear from you before Friday 3rd May 2013 I will assume you have no objections to us using them. Yours faithfully, Tom Fairfield, ELT Rights Assistant, Oxford University Press.

    • Dear sir, I am afraid I cannot give you permission to use any extract from my blog, as most of the texts in it are not original. This blog was made to teach one of the didactic units of the integrated British-Spanish curriculum for my year5 students, and I used mixed texts from several publishers. Sorry again.

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