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A repack of the five-part series first broadcast by BBC2 in 2001 and uploaded as individual files here on the Box by Grungebucket. Thanks, Grungebucket!
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Archaeologist Julian Richards explores the Viking heritage of the British Isles and Ireland, not only using archeological evidence and historical records, but a landmark genetic survey commissioned by the BBC specifically for this series. Were the Vikings raiders, colonists...or both? Where was their impact strongest? Was there a mass movement of settlers from Scandinavia to Britain or was it simply a matter of replacing one overlord with another? And can modern genetics help us find the truth behind the legends?
A news story about the findings of the genetic survey, comparing contemporary DNA in Britain and Scandinavia, can be found here: [url]http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1689955.stm[/url]
BLOOD OF THE VIKINGS: Episode 1 - First Blood
Anglo-Saxon monks first recorded Viking raids in the middle of the eighth century, but there's surprisingly little archeological evidence to back them up. What really happened?
BLOOD OF THE VIKINGS: Episode 2 - Invasion
The chroniclers record something different in 865: a large invasion fleet, led by Ivar the Boneless and Halfdan Ragnarsson, intent on conquest. They very nearly succeeded, but also succeeded in unifying the opposition under Alfred the Great. Eventually the Vikings settled in what was called the Danelaw. Is there a way to figure out how far the Viking influence and rule extended?
BLOOD OF THE VIKINGS: Episode 3 - The Sea Road
The very earliest impact of Scandinavians on the British Isles may not have been the Vikings at all, but peaceful traders who set up camps in the Orkneys and the Shetland Islands off the northeastern coast of Scotland. From there they went not to mainland Scotland, but down the "Sea Road" to the Hebrides and Ireland. For the first time, genetic evidence is used to corroborate archaeological finds of Viking settlement.
BLOOD OF THE VIKINGS: Episode 4 - Rulers
After two hundred years of raids, full-fledged invasions, and settlement, international politics led to the coronation of a Viking king of England. But the kingdom didn't last long. Yet there remains a Viking political structure on the Isle of Man to this day.
BLOOD OF THE VIKINGS: Episode 5 (Conclusion): Last Of The Vikings
The final episode examines the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066, which marked the end of Viking age in Britain. And it presents the findings of the genetic survey that spanned Britain and Scandinavia in an effort to find the pattern of Viking settlement in Britain.
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