#336 - from 6 March 2014 to 12 March 2014
The Lewis Chessmen, berserkers. Late 12th century, Uig, Lewis, Scotland. Walrus ivory. © The Trustees of the British Museum.
They are mostly seen as thieves, brutal invaders who came to burn down Notre-Dame de Paris, and which were calmed down only when given Normandy. We can eventually grant them a few ill-written sagas but surely not the benefits of a true material civilisation. The British Museum has reopened the file on the Vikings. The conclusion does not change fundamentally, [Read]