Have Vikings Gotten a Bad Rap?

National Geographic: In an article for "National Geographic," reporter Stefan Lovgren looks at new research that proves Vikings were into more than raping and pillaging. "Never before has such terror appeared in Britain as we have now suffered from a pagan race. Behold, the church of St. Cuthbert, spattered with the blood of the priests of God, despoiled of all its ornaments; a place more venerable than all in Britain is given as a prey to pagan peoples," wrote 8th century chronicler Alcuin of York, a view which has held for centuries. But research and archaeological excavations have given a different picture of the Norse.

Read Lovgren's article by clicking above.