Episode Description

Rise of the Pagans

Vikings actors Clive Standen and Maude Hirst travel to Scandinavia to explore the pagan beliefs & warrior culture of the Vikings - and dispel myths about their violent society.

Rise of the Pagans explores Viking culture and the differences between the Vikings and their European contemporaries – starting with their pagan beliefs. Beginning in the 6th century, a major event nearly wiped out the population of Scandinavia. Rising from the ashes of this near extinction, with their pagan religion as a compass, a warrior society emerged. From their axes and arrowheads to their boathouses and great halls – world-renowned experts hunt for clues amongst the ancient ruins and grave sites across Scandinavia to paint a clearer picture of the rich Viking society. 

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