- Nov 2017
They already possessed runic writing and had contact with written cultures for hundreds of years by then. Their oral skalds and sagas, fragments of which being written in runestones, were also clearly intended for writing.Didn't their history of writing the Sagas begin after the Viking invasion of England though? Forgive me, for my knowledge of the Vikings is somewhat limited but I think I remember reading that they had not started writing their sagas down until later than the 8th century. If true, would this make that portrayal in The Last Kingdom possible?
In all honesty, I loathe this series. It's crass and obscene and with a tremendous English jingoism verging on UKIP rhetoric about evil continental Europeans destroying England. Every non-English people is portrayed as barbaric, savage and just generally inhuman in comparison to the English. The Welsh king, for instance, was portrayed as living in a hut, for Christ's sake.
I will not lie, however, that I like Vikings portrayed as brutal and warlike. I'm tired of romanticisation of them. Raiding and invading is not something to romanticise.