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Viking women were quite independent and were allowed to choose their husband. 'Husband' is a Viking word, 'hus' means 'house' and 'band' the 'bond' or marriage between husband and wife. When they married, a Viking husband gave his wife a key to the house instead of a ring. Their children were allowed to play, but had to help at home and on the farm.
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11 May 2007

Classroom Ideas

Children could research English words which have come from Viking words, using the example as a starting point. They could then compare how the lives of Viking children with their own lives, considering what help they need to give at home and what daily routines they have themselves.

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