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Vikings : raids, culture, legacy
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The impact of the vikings is impossible to overstate. A people apparently condemned to a marginal existence in a remote wasteland of northern Europe, they burst onto an unsuspecting continent with extraordinary consequences. Initially pirates and raiders, they laid waste to much of coastal Britain and penetrated deep into France, threatening to snuff out an emerging Christendom. They launched raids against Muslim Iberia, across the Mediterranean and into the Baltic., finally to the Atlantic reaching America. Their exploration of sea routes would not be matched until Columbus, five centuries later.
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