The Vikings


  • In 793 AD, the Vikings attacked Lindisfarne (first Viking invasion), looting the monastery and killing or enslaving many of the monks. It attacked the sacred heart of the Northumbrian Kingdom.
  • Vikings’ homeland was Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden and Denmark. · Well designed boats and winds helped the Vikings invade.
  • In 866 AD, Vikings captured Jorvik (York) and made it their capital. Evidence of Roman occupation there still exists.
  • 4 main kingdoms: Northumbria, Mercia Wessex and East Anglia.
  • Vikings were also known as ‘Danes’ (a person from Denmark).
  • First invasion 793 AD and the last invasion in 1066 when William the Conqueror became King of England after the Battle of Hastings.