King Harald's Saga: Harald Hardradi of Norway from Snorri Sturluson's Heimskringla

King Harald's Saga: Harald Hardradi of Norway from Snorri Sturluson's Heimskringla

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By (author) Snorri Sturluson, Translated by Magnus Magnusson, Introduction by Magnus Magnusson, Translated by Hermann Palsson, Introduction by Hermann Palsson

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 16mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 28 October 1976
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140441832
  • ISBN 13: 9780140441833
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: maps, index
  • Sales rank: 159,493

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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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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.