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Many Norse were 'Vikingr' (roving and marauding adventurers) others were
'Kaupamadr' (buyers and sellers of merchandise) who were the masters of
trading goods across their known world. More than a few of their 'Hafn'
(harbour/port trading towns) have grown to be among the largest North West
Europe Cities today, but the largest activity in Nordic society was domestic and
rural (fishing and farming).

Norse were well known as traders and they would often have a house which was
both the shop and home of a 'Kaupamadr'. He and his family would display
their wears on tables and benches inside their shop and also just outside (a
table and six benches are included with this kit). This Norse Trader's Shop
will make a great objective for a reeving band of marauders sacking a rival
Warlord's set­tleme­nt.

Like this example many a Norse Traders Shop's had long, deep rafters each
side of the gable (almost to the ground). As well as the low roof eaves it had
oversized, feature, bargeboards at the gable ends to protect the roofing from
flying off in rough weather and cross winds. It was not just bad weather these
traders needed protection from and their domestic lives were seldom ever
tranquil.

A brief look at the Icelandic Sagas shows why rural Norse built robust and
well defended homesteads - often the stockade around the Longhouse was more
of a defendable palisade - as 'Vikingr' had no qualms raiding other
Norse. Dans, Swedes, Icelanders, Hiberno-Norse and Manx were just as likely to
become 'Anaud Thrall' (enthralled captives) and sold alongside Finns, Slavs,
Angles, Bretons and

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