An Enquiry Into the History of Scotland; Preceding the Reign of Malcolm III, or the Year 1056, Including the Authentic History of That Period ...

An Enquiry Into the History of Scotland; Preceding the Reign of Malcolm III, or the Year 1056, Including the Authentic History of That Period ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1814 edition. Excerpt: ... centuries before, had seized on the Orkneys and Hebudes, and assumed independency. This essential fact is so deeply rooted in Scandinavian history, that the testimony of so late a writer as Fordun can never shake it. Icelandic writers, from the eleventh century downward, afford such simple and unbiassed evidence, that the Norwegians possessed the Orkneys and Hebudes, A from the time of Harold Harfagre, that to reject their credit, would be to violate every law of history. As to the Orkneys, Torfaeus, a writer of the most laudable industry, affords full illustration, in the thin folio volume he has published on their history. It is evident, however, that he has antedated the reign of Harold Harfagre about thirty years. For by his account Harold conquered the provincial kings of Norway, and assumed the sole government in 875, yet reigned till 933, that is, 58 years, besides his provincial reign! Torfaeus was a very bad chronologer; and it is evident that Harold must have become sole king of Norway about, or after, the year 900. And by the Orkneyinga Saga, and other accounts, it was Harold Harfagre that seized on the Orkneys and on the Hebudes, whereas Torfaeus dates this event in 880. But if it happened during the reign of Harold Harfagre, it could not take place till about 910. The Scandinavian chronology preceding the year 900, when the real history of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, begins, is indeed very fallacious; and the reigns of kings ridiculously extended. But the Icelandic accounts bear, that before Harold subdued the Orkneys and Hebudes, they had become receptacles of Norwegian pirates, who had often ravaged his territories; and that he made expeditions against them in revenge. And from more certain records of British, Irish, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236815467
  • 9781236815460