TV Series | TV-MA | | Action, Adventure, Drama
Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore - and raid - the distant shores across the ocean.
England is mentioned several times during the series, including by Saxon characters such as Athelstan, Ecbert and Aella. England however did not exist as a concept until the reign of Ecbert's son Alfred the Great, and not as an entity until the reign of Alfred's son Edward the Elder. Until this time the area that is now England consisted of the Saxon kingdoms of Wessex (the south), East Anglia (the east), Mercia (the midlands), Northumbria (the North) and the (celtic) British Kingdom of Kernow (Cornwall). Until the coming of the Vikings which necessitated alliances these kingdoms were more often than not hostile to each other.
I wanted to step out of your shadow. You understand that, don't you?
The soldiers of Wessex are wearing helmets of a period 700 years later than depicted in the story. These are burgonets of an Italian style, more at home in Renaissance Florence than England. Moreover, the kite shield was not introduced into England until c.1000, just before the Norman invasion. Other English troops are seen wearing padded leather jerkins of 1200/1300s, so are also completely out of period. The Swedes are seen wearing helmets used by Anglo-Saxons in the 8th century, not by Swedes.
In the U.S. all episodes were censored for violence, nudity, profanity, and time restrains for their broadcast on the History Channel. However, the uncensored versions of the episodes can be found on the U.S. Blu-rays. Each episode is presented as an "Original Version" (censored) or "Extended Version" (uncensored).
English, Old English, Norse, Old, Latin