What's the real story behind the powerful Norsemen who ransacked Britain's peaceful monasteries? Were they simply blood-drenched pillagers? Or savvy medieval adventurers and entrepreneurs? Discover exciting new insights as historian Neil Oliver digs for clues. You'll travel to archaeological sites in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, where Norsemen launch expeditions and raids. Follow their hunt for money - taking it by force from rich Anglo-Saxon and French kingdoms, and trading silk, bronze, and slaves fromDublin to Russia and Constantinople. Watch as the warriors settle Britain, Iceland, and Greenland and transform themselves from illiterate pagans into Christian farmers, statesmen, and kings - all in less than 200 years. The dramatic truth behind the legends will change your understanding of Vikings forever.