The Vikings may be known for barbarous fighting. But, they produced exquisite, delicate art and did NOT wear ridiculous horned helmets. And Knut Rom finds a fantastic Viking Longboat buried on his farm

The Vikings may be known for barbarous fighting. But, they produced exquisite, delicate art and did NOT wear ridiculous horned helmets. And Knut Rom finds a fantastic Viking Longboat buried on his farm

Knut Rom unearthed the fabulous Oseberg Ship, a Longboat the Vikings used as a burial chamber for an ancient queen.

So, imagine the 3-D vision you need to carve this, the steady hand, the computer brain. So, if anyone ever says to you, “the Vikings were barbarous”, grab them by the ear and tug them here to Oslo.

The Sutton Hoo Treasure represents the exciting Anglo Saxon Art of the Dark Ages. Including the grave ornaments of King Raedwald, Shaun Greenhalgh the jewellery designer and former forger attempts to recreate the early pieces

The Sutton Hoo Treasure represents the exciting Anglo Saxon Art of the Dark Ages. Including the grave ornaments of King Raedwald, Shaun Greenhalgh the jewellery designer and former forger attempts to recreate the early pieces

The Sutton Hoo Treasure was unearthed in East Anglia before World War II. Shaun Greenhalgh provides an insight into how these treasures might have been made.

The delights of Shaun’s Anglo-Saxon disc brooch will have to wait. First, we need to cross the Channel and search out those powerful Dark Age creatives, the Carolingians – rulers of the Franks.

The Standing Stones of the Vikings are covered in Runes. The Runic Alphabet or Futhark was reputedly discovered by Odin. The biggest and most famous Scandinavian stone is the Jelling Stone

The Standing Stones of the Vikings are covered in Runes. The Runic Alphabet or Futhark was reputedly discovered by Odin. The biggest and most famous Scandinavian stone is the Jelling Stone

The Jelling Stone is the largest and most famous of the Scandinavian Rune Stones. It weighs over 10 tonnes. It is 2½m tall and has fascinating imagery.

It is carved on all three sides and on this side is an image of a giant snake attacking a stylised lion.

To recreate an Anglo Saxon Disc Brooch, Shaun Greenhalgh uses a Cloisonné enamel technique to investigate the ancient jewellers craft when producing this fine art

To recreate an Anglo Saxon Disc Brooch, Shaun Greenhalgh uses a Cloisonné enamel technique to investigate the ancient jewellers craft when producing this fine art

Shaun Greenhalgh recreates a beautiful Cloisonné enamel, Anglo-Saxon Disc Brooch.

Shaun Greenhalgh “The Cloisonné enamel technique is a very old technique, practised by the Romans, and the Celts even, before them. It’s just powdered glass, ground up, and mixed in with water and just fired in the kiln.

The Lonan Cross of the Isle of Man and the Standing Stones of the Vikings are key elements in the intoduction of Christianity to Britain and the Indigenous Lullingstone Christians

The Lonan Cross of the Isle of Man and the Standing Stones of the Vikings are key elements in the intoduction of Christianity to Britain and the Indigenous Lullingstone Christians

The Celtic Interlacing iconography is thought to mimic the interrelationships in the cosmos. A fine example of this Celtic Art is seen on the Lonan Cross.

A lot of people have written a lot of books on the subject of Celtic interlacing – what it means, why it was used. It’s so beautiful to look at, but also, so intrinsically mysterious.

The Carolingians were the rulers of the Franks. A people who had migrated from Germany and who would be led by Charlemagne, Charles the Magnificient. He had Aachen Chapel built to lead his Christian Empire

The Carolingians were the rulers of the Franks. A people who had migrated from Germany and who would be led by Charlemagne, Charles the Magnificient. He had Aachen Chapel built to lead his Christian Empire

Charlemagne, Charles the Great, was king of the Carolingian dynasty and introduced Christianity in the most brutal fashion.

Charlemagne was determined to expand the Frankish Empire. After all, it was God’s chosen Empire, and the Carolingians were God’s chosen leaders.

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