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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.

Take this quiz to see how much you know about the Viking invasions of Britain.

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1.
Which Saxon Kingdom was not ruled by the Vikings?
Mercia
Wessex
East Anglia
Northumbria
Wessex was the only Anglo-Saxon kingdom to withstand the Viking invasion
2.
Who was buried at the place now known as Bury St Edmunds?
Edmund, King of East Anglia
Edmund, King of England
Edmund, King of Wessex
Edmund, King of Kent
He was killed by the Vikings for refusing to give up Christianity - this made him a martyr and a saint
3.
When did the Viking 'Great Army' arrive in England?
865
1065
1865
1965
This Viking army conquered the North East Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and founded a new Viking country called the Danelaw
4.
Which Viking leader agreed the Treaty of Wedmore with King Alfred?
Guthrum
Raegnald
Guthlac
Odin
This treaty set out the borders between Wessex and the Viking lands
5.
Which Viking was crowned King of England in 1016?
Leif Ericsson
Canute
Sveyn Forkbeard
Guthrum
In all there were four Viking kings of England: Sveyn Forkbeard in 1013, Canute in 1016, Harold Harefoot in 1035 and Harthacnut in 1040
6.
Which of these was NOT a Saxon Kingdom?
Northumbria
Mercia
Wessex
Yorkshire
Yorkshire was in the kingdom of Northumbria
7.
What name was given to the part of England ruled by the Vikings?
Daneshire
Denmark
Danelaw
Daneland
The Danelaw included Yorkshire, the East Midlands and East Anglia, as well as Essex, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Buckinghamshire
8.
In which year did the Vikings raid Lindisfarne?
293
593
793
993
They stole gold and valuables, murdered the monks and set the church on fire
9.
Who eventually regained control of England?
Edward the Elder
Edward the Confessor
Ethelred the Unready
Edmund Ironside
Edward was the son of Alfred the Great
10.
Which King of Wessex was 'Great'?
Edward
Edmund
Ethelred
Alfred
Alfred the Great held back the Viking invasion

 

Author:  Amanda Swift

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