King Harald's Saga

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Penguin Books Limited, 1966 - Biography & Autobiography - 180 pages
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This compelling Icelandic history describes the life of King Harald Hardradi, from his battles across Europe and Russia to his final assault on England in 1066, less than three weeks before the invasion of William the Conqueror. It was a battle that led to his death and marked the end of an era in which Europe had been dominated by the threat of Scandinavian forces. Despite England’s triumph, it also played a crucial part in fatally weakening the English army immediately prior to the Norman Conquest, changing the course of history. Taken from the Heimskringla – Snorri Sturluson’s complete account of Norway from prehistoric times to 1177 – this is a brilliantly human depiction of the turbulent life and savage death of the last great Norse warrior-king.

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User Review  - Jamie638 - LibraryThing

This is the saga of Harald Hardradi (the ruthless), the last viking king of Norway. He led a fascinating life, including a stint as the chief of the Varangian guards in Constantinople where he became ... Read full review

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User Review  - CJSilvie - Goodreads

Magnus Magnuson is the king of scandinavian translation, by far my favourite. This book is maybe not the best of sagas in story telling but it is an indispensable for Norwegian and Anglo-saxon history ... Read full review

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About the author (1966)

Snorri Sturluson (1179 1241) was the son of an upstart Icelandic chieftain. He rose to become Iceland s richest and, for a time, most powerful leader.

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