Vikings in Britain
Edmund, King of East Anglia, was buried at the place now known as Bury St Edmunds. The photo shows the cathedral.

Vikings in Britain

A major part of KS2 history is about Norse, or Viking, culture. This is the last of four quizzes on the subject and it looks in particular at the Viking invasions of Great Britain.

The Vikings made a series of raids on and invasions of Britain between the 8th Century and the 11th. They came from Norway, Sweden and Denmark, otherwise known as Scandinavia. This lies to the North of Europe, which is where the alternative name for Viking culture, Norse, comes from. Norse attackers raided Lindisfarne, the monastery that held Saint Cuthbert's relics. The raiders killed the monks and captured the valuables. Then the raids turned into invasions. By the 9th Century the Vikings ruled much of Eastern Britain and in the 11th Century England had four Norse kings. They have had an impact on our culture with many of our place names and some words in our language being of Viking origin.

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  1. What name was given to the part of England ruled by the Vikings?
    The Danelaw included Yorkshire, the East Midlands and East Anglia, as well as Essex, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Buckinghamshire
  2. In which year did the Vikings raid Lindisfarne?
    They stole gold and valuables, murdered the monks and set the church on fire
  3. Which King of Wessex was 'Great'?
    Alfred the Great held back the Viking invasion
  4. Who eventually regained control of England?
    Edward was the son of Alfred the Great
  5. Which Saxon Kingdom was not ruled by the Vikings?
    Wessex was the only Anglo-Saxon kingdom to withstand the Viking invasion
  6. Which of these was NOT a Saxon Kingdom?
    Yorkshire was in the kingdom of Northumbria
  7. Which Viking leader agreed the Treaty of Wedmore with King Alfred?
    This treaty set out the borders between Wessex and the Viking lands
  8. When did the Viking 'Great Army' arrive in England?
    This Viking army conquered the North East Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and founded a new Viking country called the Danelaw
  9. Which Viking was crowned King of England in 1016?
    In all there were four Viking kings of England: Sveyn Forkbeard in 1013, Canute in 1016, Harold Harefoot in 1035 and Harthacnut in 1040
  10. Who was buried at the place now known as Bury St Edmunds?
    He was killed by the Vikings for refusing to give up Christianity - this made him a martyr and a saint

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