This documentary explains and shows the history of the viking warriors, how they excelled in battle, styles, their weaponry as such also showing the story of where and how far they conquested. Includes re-enactments, interviews with historians, and just an overview on how the Vikings grew, succeeded, and how they ceased to be.
01 Raiders By Design
They were once the most feared men in europe, an unstopable band of ruthless warriors. For 1200 years the vikings have been famed for their bloodlust, their barbarism, their prowess in war. But how much of the image is actually true? New research now shows that theres more to the vikings than meets the eye.
Scientists and archaeologists are now begining to discover how the Vikings used ground-breaking technology, to conduct long range seabourne raids. How the Vikings applied skills long since forgotten, to the making of weapons and how the Vikings geared-up to fight a new kind of war. By recreating hardware and knowhow that’s been around for centuries, scientists aim to reveal the secrets of the vikings.
02 Victims Of Success
They Began as sea borne raiders, inspired by a pagan mythology but their ambition soon turned to conquest. They became invaders, settlers, builders of great fortresses and cities. They grew rich on the manufacture and trade, gathering so much treasure they had to bury it. They ended as pioneers, there navigational skills pushing them to the edge of the world. They were the Vikings.
In the 9th century AD, the vikings rapidly extended their spear of influence across the globe, from Asia to the fringes of North America. But within two centuries the Vikings would find themselves consigned to the back pages of history. Their unique achievement blunted by the very success, they had craved. How could they rise so fast? Yet fade so quickly. And what secrets are behind the Viking decline?