The British Government has formally requested financial reparations from the Governments of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, to compensate for the period of Viking raiding which took place between the years 793 and 1066. 
The British Government has formally requested financial reparations from the Governments of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, to compensate for the period of Viking raiding which took place between the years 793 and 1066. The request was announced by Prime Minister Theresa May at a Central London press conference. 
 
May argued that the economic development of Great Britain had been ‘dramatically stifled’ by the period of Viking raiding, making reparations a ‘moral necessity’. She claimed that all the British people want is ‘an apology and recognition of our historical oppression’ adding that the best way to ensure such recognition is to ‘give us an enormous pile of money’. 
 
The British demand for compensation comes at a time of heightened tensions between the UK and Scandinavian states over how to mark their shared history. There was particular anger in the UK in 2013 over the History channel’s controversial historical drama ‘Vikings’, which some accused of glorifying the Viking era. Following the shows release angry crowds gathered outside the Danish and Norwegian Embassies in London, chanting ‘justice for Lindisfarne’ in reference to the raid of 793 and burning effigies of Viking leaders Ivarr the Boneless and Harald Hardrada. 
 
Sources within the British Government have expressed confidence that if Britain can get reparations from Scandinavia it should also be possible to get compensation for other acts of ‘historical imperialism’. In particular they noted that they would be contacting the Italian Government concerning the AD 43 to 410 Roman occupation of Britain and the French Government for the Norman invasion of 1066. 
 
However when we asked one of the sources if the British Government would in turn be providing compensation to victims of British imperialism he angrily asserted that this is ‘completely different’ before storming out of the room. 
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