The Vikings are easily reduced to a murderous stereotype. No one can deny that they were fearsome warriors. But there was a great deal more to these seafaring Scandinavians than the raiding parties.
It is thanks in large measure to discoveries in York that we know about the Viking craftsmen, the Viking Christians, the Viking community. They were great farmers, traders, engineers, ship builders, artists and patrons.
Their kingdom of Jorvik lasted around 100 years. In that time the city grew and prospered. And we still walk on Viking streets today.