I’ve been on and off watching the television series (written and created by Michael Hirst for the History channel). Ragnar Lothbrok’s first wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) is very pretty -:).
The British Isles were invaded a few times, from 2000 BC to 1688. The Vikings raided it from 793 at Lindisfarne to 1284 for its riches, because they had superior ships and navigation ability. A BBC report.
King George III of the Great Britain sent his men to China, asking for trade, in 1793 and 1816. Both times were refused. Inward as she was, China was the riches economy in the world and she did not need to intercourse with anyone. Her haijin sea ban had limited foreign trade, and the little foreign trade she reluctantly allowed was restricted in Guangzhou (Canton). To gain market, the Brits invaded China twice, in so called two opium wars, in 1839 and 1856. … and look at China now.