Merchants and Commerce in the Viking Age
Lecture no. 11 from the course: The Vikings
Taught by Professor Kenneth W. Harl | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
From 675–840, Western economic and political activity revived, fueled by improved agriculture, growing towns and monasteries, and renewed Mediterranean trade. But it was the need for slaves in the Islamic world that led Vikings to pioneer extensions of this trade, southwest to Islamic Spain and southeast to Constantinople and Baghdad. Cosmopolitan market towns in Scandinavia eventually became sources of royal revenue and seats of royal power.