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The Vikings The Vikings liked clothes and jewelry The Vikings were proud of their appearance and liked to dress well Most of their clothes were made of wool or linen that they had spun and woven themselves The cloth was dyed with mineral or vegetable dyes of green brown red yellow or blue The men wore sleeved jerkins or three-quarter length coats over woolen shirts and long cloth trousers On their feet they wore tall leather boots or soft shoes with short socks The women wore long woolen dresses and linen petticoats which reached to their ankles Their legs and feet were covered with thick woolly socks and soft leather shoes Both men and women wore fur or woolen hats and cloaks when they went out in cold weather Cloaks were fastened at the shoulder with brooches Children probably wore the same kind of clothes as their parents Everyone liked to wear gold and silver brooches bracelets necklaces armbands and rings Some of their jewelry was part of the loot from raids on foreign churches and monasteries The Vikings and there war gear The Viking was not a soldier in the modern sense He spent as much time being a farmer sailor trader and explorer as he did fighting and he had to provide his own equipment Armor to protect the body took many hours of skilled work to make It was certainly expensive and was probably worn only by Viking leases and their picked household warriors The other fighting men would have worn their everyday clothes relying on an iron helmet and a sturdy wooden shield for protection The sword was the most admired and honored weapon and many Vikings would have carried one The other weapon which became almost the trademark of
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