Holy Island to feature on TV tonight
Today, the story of the Vikings who stormed Lindisfarne Priory so many years ago will be brought to life on television screens around the country, as the second episode of the BBC’s new Vikings documentary airs.
Viewers will be able to tune in to BBC 2 or BBC HD at 9pm, to see presenter Neil Oliver discovering the rich history of the mysterious Vikings, who changed the story of Lindisfarne Priory forever.
The Priory is renowned for its Viking connections after Viking raiders tore through Holy Island in the 8th century AD and the programme traces the truth behind these formidable warriors.
Popular television presenter, Neil, who also fronts BBC history documentary, A History of Ancient Britain, filmed scenes for the show at the stunning Priory earlier this year and now the Priory will be featured in an episode of Vikings, within the context of the Vikings east–west axis from Dublin to Constantinople.
Neil Oliver said: “Lindisfarne Priory is one of the most tranquil destinations along the North East coast and it’s hard to imagine that the peace was once shattered by the Viking raiders who descended there.
“Now that the show is due to be aired, we hope that viewers will tune in to discover the history of the Vikings and who they really were.”
English Heritage is encouraging people to see for themselves the history of the Viking raiders and visit the Priory to see the Viking Raiders stone – one of the star artefacts housed in the fascinating on-site museum.
The stone itself has long been reminiscent of the terrifying raids on Lindisfarne Priory in 793AD, featuring a carved procession of armed men bearing swords and axes.
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