Vikings: The Rise and Fall

Monday 13:15 CAT

Promo

Season 1
00:30

Next trasmissions on tv

  1. Monday 8 August at 01:15 CAT

    The Second Viking Age

  2. Monday 8 August at 03:35 CAT

    The Road to Lindisfarne

  3. Monday 8 August at 04:25 CAT

    The Great Heathen Army

Synopsis

An unstoppable force for more than 300 years saw the relentless and far-reaching growth of the Viking Empire. Throughout history, Vikings waged war from the seas, notoriously ruthless and with their own set of rules. The Viking expansion was unprecedented in the veracity of its spread. Known for merciless bloodshed, the Norsemen became the most feared people in history. However, their story has always been told from a one-sided, Christian point of view and only now, after rigorous research through mythical sagas and bioarchaeological finds, can we uncover the truth about who the Vikings really were.

Episodes

Season 1
  • The Road to Lindisfarne

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    An attack on a small religious community on the holy island of Lindisfarne in AD 793 heralded the start of the Viking Age of conquest and expansion but before this, we look at the Vikings’ beginnings in Scandinavia.

    Next Showing
    Monday 8 August at 03:35 CAT
    On National Geographic
  • The Great Heathen Army

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    The Siege of York occurred from 866 when the Great Heathen Army laid claim to the Northumbrian capital of York. We look at the major battles, players and strongholds in 9th Century England.

    Next Showing
    Monday 8 August at 04:25 CAT
    On National Geographic
  • As Far East as Baghdad

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    The “Silk Road '' opened up a world of trade for the Scandinavians in the East. Seeking further wealth, the Vikings known in the East as “the Rus”attacked Constantinople in 860. The Rus became a permanent and feared fixture in the Byzantine Empire.

  • The Fall of Francia

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    The siege of Paris in 885 was the culmination of the Viking invasions of Francia. We look at the persistent Viking attacks on Francia and the enduring presence of the Scandinavians on the Frankish Empire and beyond.

  • The Wild West

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    Political turmoil in Norway leads a voyage of discovery west. The Vikings discover Iceland where they established lasting settlement. Further exploration from Iceland leads to the discovery of Greenland and to the shores of Newfoundland, making them the first Europeans to discover America.

  • The Second Viking Age

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    The mid-10th-century reign of Harald Bluetooth as king of a newly unified, powerful and Christianized Denmark marked the beginning of a second Viking age. But the reign was not to last with the Normans finally winning the English Kingdom in 1066. We look at the final days of the Viking empire.

    Next Showing
    Monday 8 August at 01:15 CAT
    On National Geographic
    Next Showing
    Monday 8 August at 13:15 CAT
    On National Geographic

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