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The Viking Invaders


The Vikings at this time were also attacking and occupying other areas across Europe from Russia through to Great Britain. One of these groups successfully occupied an area in northern France and became known as Normans, with the area they lived in known as Normandy.
The Scandinavian nations of which the Vikings were apart were still worshipping heathen Gods, including Odin and Thor until well after the year 1000 and in fact Christianity was not generally accepted by the Scandinavians until the thirteenth century. The Normans, however adopted Christianity and the French language. By the end of the tenth century they had also adopted and in fact developed the castles which had originally been invented to keep them out of France.

By the middle of the eleventh century the Britons were still fighting off Viking attacks and were using the same methods as they had for centuries although in a few isolated cases the French idea of castle building was beginning to become adopted.

 


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Castles were a principal feature of medieval warfare and society, as well as featuring in many historical legends and myths which emanated from England and Europe generally. Take a look at this section to learn the outline of how and why the idea of the castle originated and evolved.

 
 

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