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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 , 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 ToThis Is A Brilliantly Human Depiction Of The Turbulent Life And Savage Death Of The Last Great Norse Warrior King


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  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    The year 1066 was a convulsive and fateful year for the destiny of England and western Europe It was the year that brought together in violent and mortal conflict the three greatest military leaders in Europe of their day Harald of Norway, Harold of England, and William of Normandy three powerful and ambitious men who had fought their way to authority in their respective countries and who now, in three weeks of terrible bloodshed in the autumn of 1066, were to fight to the death for the gre The year 1066 was a convulsive and fateful year for the destiny of England and western Europe It was the year that brought together in violent and mortal conflict the three greatest military leaders in Europe of their day Harald of Norway, Harold of England, and William of Normandy three powerful and ambitious men who had fought their way to authority in their respective countries and who now, in three weeks of terrible bloodshed in the autumn of 1066, were to fight to the death for the greatest prize of all the throne of England Harold II, a detail from the Bayeux Tapestry.As fascinating as those men of destiny are, the Icelandic writer of this tale, Snorri Sturluson, proves almost as fascinating He was a man of astonishing contradictions a man who fought and schemed all his life to become the most powerful chieftain in Iceland, yet who still found t...


  2. Edward Edward says:

    IntroductionNote on the Translation King Harald s Saga Genealogical TablesGlossary of Proper NamesChronological Table, 1030 66Maps


  3. Elliott Bignell Elliott Bignell says:

    Every British schoolchild learns the date 1066, when the Norman Conquest and the Battle of Hastings took place As a child I visited the Bayeux Tapestry with my school exchange group Most of us then stop listening, so it came as some surprise to this one to find that an equally epic battle was won by Harold less than three weeks earlier This was the Battle of Stamford Bridge, at which a Viking invasion force under Harald was all but annihilated by the English in a py...


  4. John John says:

    Apparently, a big part of the reason that William of Normandy was able to successfully defeat King Harold of England in 1066 is that he attacked just three weeks after Harold beat the pants of King Harald of Norway, who d tried to invade the opposite end of the country I had no idea Well, this cool bit of Norse history told me all about it, and about the life of the guy who tried, from his teens in exile through the decades that followed as he became a powerful king by virtue of being a right Apparently, a big part of the reason that William of Normandy was able to successfully defeat King Harold of England in 1066 is that he attacked just three weeks after Harold beat the pants of King Harald of Norway, who d tried to invade the opposite end of the country I had no idea...


  5. Eadweard Eadweard says:

    The saga of one of the most interesting figures of the medieval world, young Harald flees from Norway, travels to southern Europe, serves in the varangian guard, goes back home, consolidates power and then tri...


  6. Rod Rod says:

    King Harald Hardradi of Norway was the biggest, baddest, most unstoppable war monger of the Viking era He was also the brother of St Olaf When Harald was campaigning to take the English throne, after the death of Edward the Confessor, he was struck down by an arrow to the throat Had he survived the ill prepared for battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066, he would have battled William the Conquerer, setting up one of the most spectacular battles in warfare history Yes, I went to Westminster Abbe King Harald Hardradi of Norway was the bigges...


  7. Joshua Joshua says:

    Read the review on my blog


  8. Scott Scott says:

    One of my favorite Kings in all of history Others like Poul Anderson have fleshed out his life This translation gives you a good account of what history has left us.


  9. Rebecca Jane Rebecca Jane says:

    3.5 stars.


  10. Jacob Aitken Jacob Aitken says:

    This text is a critically annotated selection from Snorri Sturluson s Heimskringla The translators, Magnusson and Palsson, provide a running commentary on Snorri s text Snorri tells the story of one of the last Viking leaders, albeit a somewhat Christianized one Our protagonist is Harold Siggurdson To the degree that Snorri s narrative can be trusted and we have no way of honestly knowing that Harold in many ways typified and recapitulated the late Viking ideal a ferocious warrior, cunn This text is a critically annotated selection from Snorri Sturluson s Heimskringla The translators, Magnusson and Palsson, provide a running commentary on Snorri s text Snorri tells the story of one of the last Viking leaders, albeit a somewhat Christianized one Our protagonist is Harold Siggurdson To the degree that Snorri s narrative can be trusted and we have no way of honestly knowing that Harold in many ways typified and recapitulated the late Viking ideal a ferocious warrior, cunning leader, and Varangian mercenary who was slain in his last battle Snorri s own telling of this story is mostly great At the end his narrative tries to accomplish too much and the reader is left feeling overwhelmed For the most part, though, it maintains the rugged beauty common to Norse stories The editorial remarks by Magnusson and Palsson are superb They routinely correct Snorri s narrative when warranted They also provide fascinating historical commentary For example, I d...