The Vikings invaded Europe around AD 793 and contributed toward the evolution of English culture in a number of ways. Firstly, this invasion attributed to the rise of Christianity in England—as the European reaction to the invasion promoted nationalistic cohesion in defense of European culture at the hands of the Vikings. As such, a unifying religious force was necessary to protect English culture. Surprisingly, the Vikings conformed to this religious influence and assimilated more or less cleanly—or more peacefully—into the English culture as a result of peripheral events detached from religion.
The Viking invasion also promoted feudalism in contrast to monarchism as the English found themselves more or less overwhelmed by the Viking intrusion and at the mercy of their military strength, so the move to feudalism made sense to both cultures as a means to avoid further warfare during this time.
Bentley and Ziegler make it clear that, in the short-term, frequent Viking invasions...
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