Dark Ages in Europe/Golden Age in Ireland
1 What did the Vikings wear on their heads in battle?2 What did they wear to protect their bodies in battle?3 What was the name of the Vikings' favourite weapon?4 Name three other weapons mentioned in chapter 15 What do you think a throwing spear was like?
Vikings had shields, swords, battle-axes.On their heads they wore helmets - with an iron nose-piece to protect the front of the face. For ceremonies they wore great horns on top of the helmets.Some Vikings wore 'coats of mail' - rather like a coat knitted from metal string. These were very heavy and awkward to wear, but they could save a life.
Go with a parent or your class to The Viking Experience in Christchurch in Dublin.Try to draw some pieces of Viking armour. Make a cardboard model of a helmet.
Write a description of a battle between the Vikings and the Irish. Who is going to win - and how?Describe the training of a boy in a Viking settlement. He has to learn to fight. How will he practise? Write down some exercises for him to do everyday.