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Old 02-20-2014, 04:31 PM   #1
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Did anyone watch Vikings? I got the first season on DVD yesterday, and I've watched the first 3 episodes. I like the story and everything, but it's kind of inaccurate. For example, Vikings did not have a court system that resembled anything like what they ha din Episode 1. Still, it seems to be a great show.
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from what i know they didnt have a solid court system but they had a code that they lived by ....

im also watching the series and will be looking forward to their view at how these people lived, work, and raid aged war on the world that they didnt know
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:13 AM   #3
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I used to see Promos for it at the movies and I remember it looked pretty cool. Sounds like something worth watching.
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Not something I'm interested in. The vikings were a pretty horrid group of people lol
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I haven't watched it but I might consider it. I don't know much about the Vikings to be honest, so it would be quite interesting.
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Not something I'm interested in. The vikings were a pretty horrid group of people lol
Actually, they were quite the explorers. They discovered America long before Columbus ever did. It isn't in history books or anything, but there's no other explanation for why people have found viking instruments in America that predate the official discovery date.
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Actually, they were quite the explorers. They discovered America long before Columbus ever did. It isn't in history books or anything, but there's no other explanation for why people have found viking instruments in America that predate the official discovery date.
Just shows how reliable most history books are. That's the frustrating thing about learning history, you have to keep in mind that things have either been intentionally or unintentionally left out, and that a lot of books written by historians are somewhat based around their own interpretations from gathered documents. Of course, there's also censorship in some cases.

I wonder, why did they leave that out of history books? I can understand why some things may be covered up and censored, but that doesn't make much sense to me. Then again I may need to learn more about the Vikings to try and understand it.

Is the show turning out to be accurate (apart from a few things) so far from what you've watched?
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I have completed season 1 at this point. Season 2 debuts this month, but I don't have satelite TV anymore so I'll have to wait for DVD or hope they put it on a streaming service.

as far as season 1 goes, the inaccuracies that I personally picked up on are that they screwed up the court and punishment systems quite a bit, and the Vikings were definitely not ignorant of England's existence before they went there. They might not have know that it was called England, but they knew it was there.

It's important to remember that little is known about the dark ages...that's why they're called the dark ages. I can't blame them for taking liberties where they saw fit, but for something as important as a court system you would think they'd do a little research.

This is how the court system actually worked
-there was a Yarl
-The problem was brought before the Yarl
-The Yarl decided suitable punishment or dismissed the case
-The highest form of punishment was outlawry and banishment

How it worked in the show:
-There is a Yarl
-The Yarl is the bad guy
-The yarl, like, wants off with your head and because you shit in his grass
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Actually, they were quite the explorers. They discovered America long before Columbus ever did. It isn't in history books or anything, but there's no other explanation for why people have found viking instruments in America that predate the official discovery date.
In what we call "standard" history books no, they aren't really mentioned. In AP type courses and college textbooks, yes they are. I remember in both AP European History, AP World History, and AP US History, the vikings were covered in detail about their explorations of the world, particularly North America.

I'm not really commenting on that lol. They were a pretty barbaric group of people.
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