posted on Aug, 8 2012 @ 06:24 AM
reply to post by The Benevolent Adversary
Depends which Vikings you are talking about. Look at Eastern and Northern England, were Danelaw was introduced. Aside from a few battles and some nun
raping and pillaging of the church, the locals got on very well with the Vikings.
Vikings lords followed a similar style to Saxon lords but were even fairer to the population. All gods were allowed, pleasing many in the North that
still clung to old gods whilst embracing Christianity. Trade increased, bringing greater wealth. Basically, for the common folk of England, Viking
rule was good rule.
Look at King Cnut, one of our great Kings.
Away from the UK, the Vikings were instrumental in the establishment of Russia (kingdom of Rus).
Further incursions into the Black Sea brought them to the attention of the Byzantines and eventually led to inclusion in the Varangian Guard. Harald
Hardrada was a Captain of the Varangians for a while and actually led the first full incursions into the Holy Lands, what would later become the
Crusades (although he preceded the actual Crusades) in order to protect Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem. He was also the most successful crusader
until Richard the Lionheart (he was known as the Hammer from the North to the Muslims).