In order to reveal the true story about the Vikings, the BBC released a five part documentary to find out the truth about the invasion and the settlement of the Vikings in Great Britain. By investigating their genetics, ancient monastic writing and discoveries of archaeology presenter Julian Richards tries to unravel their story and reasons why they came to Britain.
Research showed that the Vikings didn´t just come to plunder, they settled in Great Britain. Some parts of the British population still has their genetic pattern. In Cumbria, the Shetland and Orkney Islands, the area around Penrith and the north of Scottland Norwegian genetic heritage was found.
Moreover new information about Celtic and Anglo-Saxon heritage was found on the British mainland.
Blood of the Vikings – Part 1