Transformation of Scandinavian Society
Lecture no. 26 from the course: The Vikings
Taught by Professor Kenneth W. Harl | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
From 790–1000, a massive influx of silver led to the minting of Scandinavian coins and resulting monetized markets. Newly wealthy individuals, increasingly women, enjoyed their largess through imported luxury goods and personal ornamentation found in ever-more opulent ship burials. Overseas Viking kingdoms in Russia and England provided the model, and silver provided the means, for Christian Scandinavian kings to form their own territorial states.