Cologne and the Rhineland at the end of the 9th century. For quite some time, the various heirs of the once great but now fragmented Frankish Empire have been fighting each other. The Vikings take advantage of this political instability and plunder the rich Rhineland, the heart of the Frankish Empire.
#34 The Vikings – The History of Cologne
Reconstruction of a Viking longboat
How a Viking dragonboat or longboat might have looked like. The mast could be removed and placed in the boat, as seen here. In slack or offshore waters, rowers brought the ship into motion.
Map showing two of the common definitions of “Scandinavia”; a cultural, historical and ethno-linguistic region in northern Europe. Most common referred as Scandinavia are Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Sometimes even Finnland and Iceland.
Vikings in contemporary sources from the 12th century
Post stamp from the Faroe Island
As this stamp from 2005 shows from the Faroe Island is that most of the Scandinavians were indeed farmers and not raiding vikings.
Vikings raid Paris
19th century portrayal of the siege of Paris by the vikings in 845.
The Raid in Cologne in 881
The predecessor of the church of St. Cecilia, which later housed a convent, was probably destroyed by the Vikings. But otherwise, the destruction of the city by the Vikings written down in the historical sources is archaeologically not grifa