From the 8th to the 11th century C.E, Europe was populated by various peoples(tribes/ factions/ cultures/ethnic groups) each with their own cultural identity, way of life, and homeland. Engaging in widespread raiding, trade and exploration, the Norsemen of Scandinavia played a prominent role in what would come to be known as the Viking Age. Though contact with Vikings was particularly common in northwestern Europe, such as in Frankia and England, they were known to have ventured as far south as the Italian coast. Interactions between these peoples, whether violent or peaceful, shaped the nations that would rule Europe in the years to come.
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