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The Viking Invasions

This list of resources supports the study of the Viking invasions of the 8th to 11th centuries CE. Key reference and primary source materials explore the diffusion of culture and ideas that occurred as a result of the Viking migrations and military conquests throughout much of Europe during this period. Solutions Subscribers: Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

  • How can the Vikings' movement out of Scandinavia be seen as both a migration and an invasion? Why were the Vikings motivated to leave their homeland?
  • Why was it so difficult for the victims of the Viking invasions to respond effectively? How did the victims' views of the Vikings influence later ideas about them?
  • How did the Vikings' interactions with other European societies change over time? How did Vikings contribute to culture and society in the places where they settled? How were the Vikings affected by their contact with other cultures?


  1. Overview: The Viking Invasions
  2. Outline: Outline
  3. Transcript: Transcript
  4. Lesson: Introduction
  5. Lesson: 1-The Vikings
  6. Lesson: 2-Effects of the Viking Invasions
  7. Lesson: 3-Viking Trade and Assimilation
  8. Lesson: Closing
  9. Glossary Terms: Danegeld
  10. Photos & Illustrations: Canute
  11. Photos & Illustrations: Gripsholm Castle: Viking runestone
  12. Photos & Illustrations: Viking ship's carved figurehead
  13. Reference Articles: Viking Invasions
  14. Reference Articles: Vikings
  15. Reference Articles: Norse Voyages
  16. Biographies: Canute
  17. Cultural Documents: Snorri Sturluson: "Halfdan the Black" (ca. 1241)
  18. Letters & Narratives: Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: Viking Attacks (ca. late ninth century CE)

MLA Citation

"The Viking Invasions." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2187330?cid=256. Accessed 20 Jan. 2020.

Entry ID: 2187330

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