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The biography of one of the most remarkable and memorable of the medieval kings of Norway. King Harald's Saga forms part of the Heimskringla, a complete history of Norway from prehistoric times to 1177, by the prolific Icelandic historian Snorri Sturluson. It records the turbulent life of King Harald Hardradi of Norway, who served and fought in every corner of Europe, from Russia to Sicily. It is a superb portrait of a man who could well have changed the whole course of English history. William the Conqueror defeated King Harold of England at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. But less than three weeks earlier Harold had defeated the giant Harald of Norway at Stamford Bridge in Yorkshire, and Harald's only reward for his claim to the English throne was 'seven feet of English soil.'
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 HeimskringlaSnorri Sturluson's complete account of Norway from prehistoric times to 1177this 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 (11791241) was the son of an upstart Icelandic chieftain. He rose to become Icelands richest and, for a time, most powerful leader.