My preconceptions of Vikings included horned hats and burley, barbarous men that went on raids and conquered distant lands. Some of it was true, such as their discovery and settlement of faraway places like Eastern Canada and Iceland. The rest however is false. They were actually rather clean people that had a structured society where men, women, and even children went on “Vikings” to settle trade matters or expand their settlements. It was pleasantly surprising to discover that women played an important role during their time, and had power around the home as well as in government.