Willemsen
19 October 2019 until 15 March 2020 We Vikings

We Vikings

We Vikings takes you through to the time of various Viking raids in Frisia. You'll discover how families were torn apart by abductions, houses were burnt to the ground, and villages destroyed. But, you'll also learn about another side to the Vikings.

Vikings were the pirates of the North See. Their murders, plundering, and roving made the entire European coast unsafe. Frisia, the Dutch coastal area, was in the 9th and 10th century continuously tested by Vikings. The onslaught began in the year 810, when Danish Vikings attacked Frisia with a flotilla of 200 ships. The ferocious Vikings would only stop their plundering, once their victims had paid a huge amount of silver. However, this was not to be last tragedy to befall the Netherlands. 

 

Trade

Between the variou…

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We Vikings takes you through to the time of various Viking raids in Frisia. You'll discover how families were torn apart by abductions, houses were burnt to the ground, and villages destroyed. But, you'll also learn about another side to the Vikings.

Vikings were the pirates of the North See. Their murders, plundering, and roving made the entire European coast unsafe. Frisia, the Dutch coastal area, was in the 9th and 10th century continuously tested by Vikings. The onslaught began in the year 810, when Danish Vikings attacked Frisia with a flotilla of 200 ships. The ferocious Vikings would only stop their plundering, once their victims had paid a huge amount of silver. However, this was not to be last tragedy to befall the Netherlands. 

 

Trade

Between the various attacks, there was an enormous amount of trade between the Dutch and Vikings. The North Sea was, at that time, the motorway of Europe. Everything went faster by water: the interior routes were so difficult that people from the Dutch were more likely to be in Denmark than Enschede. Therefore, there was a lot of contact with coastal-dwellers in Scandinavia, Great-Britain, and Ireland. Between these countries, an enormous amount of trade and skills were exchanged. There was also a shared 'North Sea Culture'.

The Vikings were also part of this culture. 'Vikings' is not the term for a people, but 'going on a Viking' means attending a violent raid. Not all Scandinavians were Vikings, and sometimes residents of Frisia themselves joined the Vikings. Sometimes this was due to being forced, but often men, women, and even children would willingly join in with the plundering raids. In We Vikings, you'll discover how we are, in some ways, closely related to the Vikings. 

Ship

The Fries Museum has obtained the drawings of a small warship, called Skuldelev V. The remnants of this ship are in the Vikingeskib Museet in Roskilde, Denmark. Students of the Maritime Technology course at ROC Friese Poort, are collaborating with shipbuilder Bein Brandsma in making a replica. The 15-meter long ship will be available to see at the exhibition. 

After the exhibition, the ship will be made ready to sail, before becoming the first Viking ship in centuries to again sail through Friesland.

 

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Contact

Address:
Fries Museum
Wilhelminaplein 92
8911 BS Leeuwarden
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When

  • daily starting from October 19th, 2019 until March 15th, 2020

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