East Anglia had a special relationship with the Vikings. They attacked this region many times and settled here in large numbers. For generations they ruled it as part of the Danelaw (a geographic region where Danish laws applied) in a separate kingdom, and long after it became part of a united England their influence continued to be felt. In some ways, that influence still remains.
Viking attacks on East Anglia came in three phases:
In northern Britain and Ireland, the Vikings seem to have come from Norway; but in eastern England they are always called Danes. Although many did come from Denmark, the soldiers in their armies may have come from other parts of Scandinavia and even parts of England.
The end of the Viking period is considered to be 1066, when the Anglo-Saxon King Harold II defeated a Viking invasion at Stamford Bridge in Yorkshire - just two weeks before the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest. Still, many Danes who had settled in Britain remained and integrated into the population.
To help prepare for the Viking project, Civilizations in Contact researchers did extensive work to answer questions about the Vikings, their role in East Anglia and how they linked Britain to other parts of the world.
Find out what we learned - explore the questions below to gain more background knowledge about Viking life and culture: