Fred is not as young as he used to be but even he doesn’t remember the Vikings invading Britain’s Coasts from the Scandinavian Countries across the North Sea; that was a long, long time ago, about a thousand years or so. Fred does remember, however, working with some primary school pupils, nearly forty years ago, on a class project looking at the history of ancient Britain.
The pupils found out that not all Vikings, who were also known as ‘Norsemen’, were fierce warriors; many of them were traders who made their homes in Britain. They were a nation of travellers and sailors who developed a very seaworthy boat that took them safely all over Europe and beyond. These vessels were known as ‘Viking Longboats’ or ‘Longships’.
Fred was sorting out some drawers in his study a little while ago and found the plans he had drawn for the children all those years ago; he stopped tidying up his desk and tidied up the drawings instead.