Did Vikings ever defend

What was it like for a coastal village to see a Viking raid in the tenth century?

In the Middle Ages, coastal villages were generally unprotected and monasteries had little or no protection. While the Vikings were bad at times, they were more traders than robbers. 'Viking' is a verb, not a noun. Going "Vikings" meant digging shields from the bottom of the boat and hanging a figurehead on the bow and taking whatever you wanted.

Far, far worse were the pirates, robbers, and slave traders of the late Middle Ages to the 17th century. Please watch the excellent BBC series British Slaves on the Barbary Coast

Where I was born in Devon, England, the local coastal village church had a plaque commemorating a terrible Sunday when Barbary Coast slaves attacked, killed or enslaved all 180 people living there in 1358. Parts of the west coast of Spain were partly deserted for fear of attacks from North Africa and only began to recover at the end of the 19th century. Barbary slave trade

As an example of a suffering monastery, Lindisfarne is one of the most famous. Graham-Campbell, James; David M. Wilson (2001). "Saltwater Bandits" London: Frances Lincoln Ltd. ISBN 0-7112-1800-5. The Anglo-Saxon chronicles are a useful resource for transliteration.


+1 agreed, Vikings got a bad rap for paganism and raids. They had more in their culture than great barbarism and robbed the coastal villages. You lead various expeditions from Inner Asia to North America. The "good" Christian European nations lead more enslaving societies in colonial times than the Vikings ever did.