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- But.. It was the Danes that invaded England, not the Swedes..
also, vikings from norway and denmark didn't just go west, but also east, just as "swedish vikings" went both east and west.
they did that by following the rivers. many of the rivers were shallow, but since they used longboats they could navigate very well in shallow waters. what made the longboat so good at sailing the rivers was that the boats were wide and long(as in the name: longboats) which gave the boat a larger contact area with the water and then the boat was able to float more on top of the water than in the water.
just for your interest...
Sweden didn't really exist as it does today, it was more like several countries or tribes.. but danish vikings got help and used some of the vikings living in the area where sweden is now when they invaded england for example. but saying swedish vikings never invaded england is not 100 % correct, though it is true that vikings from the swedish area went to Constantinople, Estonia and Russia instead if I remember it correctly. Also, don't look at old Norway, Sweden and Denmark as countries with strict borders, I think they had a whole different way of thinking. They co-operated a lot I would say, just as much as they fought each other.
actually, vikings from the whole Scandinavian area invaded not only England, but Scotland and Ireland as well
Did they not bother with Wales?
Pretty sure that Wales during those times were just goat/sheep farmers.
What year was the Norman Conquest?
Think it was somewhere around 1000-1100.
King Gruffudd ap Llywelyn was on the throne. Granted this was the time when Wales was a bunch of small countries, but Llywelyn was known as the Uniter of Wales, so I guess there was some civilizasion worth uniting.
William invaded Wales in 1081. Despite the main conquest of Britain begining in 1066 with the batle of hastings.
I forgot, sorry about that, but my knowledge about the viking invasions are limited so I don't know if they did visit Wales as well, but I'm sure thy did at some point.
and one more thing, the map i posted is in German
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