From 893 to 1066 C.E., the European population lived in fear of vicious raiders from the frozen North. They’d attack without warning, loot monasteries and villages, and slaughter anyone who got in their way. But if you thought that Viking history is all about violence and plunder, think again. In the BrainPOP movie on Vikings, Tim and Moby explain that these Scandinavian warriors were actually quite civilized, with an advanced legal code, brilliantly-engineered ships, and an unusual respect for women’s rights. You’ll hear how they established settlements and colonies from Italy to Ireland. You’ll learn how they arrived in North America more than 500 years before Columbus. And you’ll find out how they were able to conduct their business with such terrifying efficiency. The Vikings aren’t just a football team, so for Odin’s sake, click on this movie and learn!

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