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Monday, 24 June 2013
Biggest Viking exhibition in 20 years opens – and this time they're angry
Recent peaceful Viking rebrands are smashed in a vast and bloodthirsty show that will soon set sail for London
A violent animated backdrop to a reconstructed Viking warship
All around the hull of the longest Viking warship ever found there are swords and battle axes, many bearing the scars of long and bloody use, in an exhibition opening in Copenhagen that will smash decades of good public relations for the Vikings as mild-mannered traders and farmers.
"Some of my colleagues thought surely one sword is enough," archaeologist and co-curator Anne Pedersen said, "but I said no, one can never have too many swords."
The exhibition, simply called Viking, which will be opened at the National Museum by Queen Margrethe of Denmark on Thursday, and to the public on Saturday, will sail on to to London next year to launch the British Museum's new exhibition space.