In the year 789AD, Vikings began their first
raids on England. What prompted their wild
frenzy of war and plunder? Tales of these
ferocious fighters, that went into berserk
rages in battle, were even greater than their
Barbarian ancestors. One theory is that
Scandinavia, the Viking homeland, began to become
overpopulated to the point where
Vikings needed to look elsewhere for riches and food. The
first places to be attacked and
looted were remote monasteries. The Vikings probably
returned home laden with treasure
boasting about all the treasure overseas that was not only
ripe for the taking but also
unguarded. Vikings began as raiders but eventually became
settlers and conquerors. There
were three groups of Vikings: Norwegian, Swedish and Danish.
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