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Myths About Vikings, Debunked

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Vikings are one of the most legendary groups of warriors from the Middle Ages. Their combat strength took undefended monks and villagers by storm and created a legion of terrifying Viking myths. How much of it is really true though? Our understanding of history changes all the time, and Hollywood can just confuse matters when they take artistic license.

Historians have been hard at work debunking myths about Vikings for decades, but a lot of their conclusions are still little-known by the public. Behind the battle cries and the mighty longships, Viking culture was complex and remarkably different from the rest of the European world at the time. Viking facts can now replace myths and give us a better idea of what both Viking women and men were really like.

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