Heimskringla: History of the Kings of Norway

Heimskringla: History of the Kings of Norway


By (author) Snorri Sturluson

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  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Format: Paperback | 880 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 226mm x 46mm | 1,179g
  • Publication date: 1 July 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Austin, TX
  • ISBN 10: 0292730616
  • ISBN 13: 9780292730618
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 422,917

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Beginning with the dim prehistory of the mythical gods and their descendants, Snorri Sturluson tells us how scions of those descendants, the Swedish kings, colonised and subdued Norway, shire by shire, until King Harald Fairhair united the whole realm. The long line of his successors ruled Norway with varying fortunes, achieving, at one time, a far-flung dominion encompassing a major part of the British Isles and Denmark, besides the homeland.Great missionary kings, especially Olaf Haraldsson (who was later canonised and became the patron saint of Norway), introduced Christianity, and with it southern and western influences. Other rulers weakened the kingdom by their fratricidal struggles or wars with pretenders. Through the whole history, one senses the gradual rise of a national awareness. Snorri Sturluson is, without compare, the greatest historian of the Middle Ages. His work reflects the attitudes of his own troubled times and country, the Iceland of the thirteenth century, torn by bloody feuds.

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"Snorri Sturluson speaks - as almost no other historian ever has spoken - with the authority of a man whose masterful skills would have made him one of the formidable, foremost in any of the events he records. So he saturates even remotley past happenings with a gripping first-hand quality ... Hollander's translation is very good, fresh on every page . . Where ever you open the book. The life grips you and you read on" Ted Hughes, New York Review of Books