Cue Card #2

  1. Describe a historical period you would like to know more about.
  • What period is it?
  • How do you know about it?
  • Explain why you find it interesting.
historical period

Ans. History always gives us an insight into what happened in the past and informs us about the chronicles of the old times. One historical period that has always fascinated me is the Viking Age, roughly from the late 8th century to the mid-11th century in Europe. I first encountered this period through various historical documentaries, literature, and popular culture references.

The Viking Age was characterized by the Norse people’s expansion across Europe through trade, exploration, and raiding. They were skilled seafarers known for their iconic longships, which allowed them to navigate rivers and oceans with remarkable speed and agility.

Life during the Viking Age was undoubtedly harsh and challenging. Norse society was predominantly agrarian, with most people living in small farming communities scattered across Scandinavia. They relied heavily on agriculture, fishing, and animal husbandry for sustenance. In addition to farming, many Vikings engaged in trade, crafting, and raiding expeditions.

Survival in this period required resilience, adaptability, and a strong sense of community. Norse communities were tightly knit, and cooperation was essential for facing external threats, such as raids from rival clans or neighboring kingdoms. Furthermore, the harsh climate of Scandinavia necessitated careful planning and resource management to endure the long, cold winters.

I want to know more about the Viking Age because it represents a fascinating intersection of history, mythology, and culture. The Norse people left a lasting legacy through their exploration, trade routes, and influence on European history. Understanding their way of life, societal structure, and cultural practices would provide valuable insights into the broader historical context of medieval Europe and the dynamics of early intercultural interactions. Additionally, delving deeper into the Viking Age offers the opportunity to explore the rich tapestry of Norse mythology, sagas, and legends, which continue to captivate imaginations today.


Word Meaning

Agrarian: relating to land ownership, tenure, and cultivation, especially farmland.

Sustenance: something that provides support, endurance, or strength, or the act of sustaining.

Resilience: the capacity to withstand or to recover quickly from difficulties.