Odds and Ends
2 9, 4:57am
That view on "illegitimate" children as "bastards" came with Christianity - it doesn't belong to Viking culture at all.
So yes - in some aspects Scandinavian society regressed with the introduction of Christianity.
But I'm not trying to say the Vikings where all lovey-dovey hippies - Viking society of course had violence and injustice too, just like every society in history has had.
Just not quite as much and in the same way as further south in Europe.
But as I try to make clear - that's not a consequence of the Vikings necessarily being any more liberal or progressive - it's just a natural response to the harsh physical surroundings and the low population rate this far north.