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Download µ Haralds Saga Hardradi Ç PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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 Conueror It was a battle that led. IntroductionNote on the Translation King Harald s Saga Genealogical TablesGlossary of Proper NamesChronological Table 1030 66Maps

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Download µ Haralds Saga Hardradi Ç PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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. 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 didn t realize that the finest fighting army of the time were the English housecarls They numbered about 3000 were superbly disciplined and were armed with Danish axesEvaluationIs Snorri telling the truth Or even assuming he is being honest how reliable is the narrative Ultimately we can t know for certain I do think however that he is reliable on this point than on other points in the Heimskringla Harold Siggurdson is closer in time to Snorri than the other major Norse leaders for example the two Olafs Tryggveson and Haraldsson and Harald s life seems to be a real life Harold for example makes the kind of mistakes that regular aggressive men make When reading Harold s life especially his semi tragic end we see that the events had to happen As to the miraculous especially the famous dream in which St Olaf appeared to Harold and warned him not to attack England we can t answer those on historical grounds We need to make several claims it is true that many people reported miraculous happenings with St Olaf Sturluson 61 74 76 104 139 We now move to the next claim how reliable are they Perhaps before answering that uestion we can raise and answer yet another Does a Christian have warrant for seeing the miraculous today While some branches of Christendom posit cessationism supernatural gifts ceased after the apostles such a view whatever merits it may have exegetically is simply at odds with Eastern and Western Christian history This does not mean every miracle story is true Ironically even the Vatican looks with initial skepticism on the miracle stories of potential saints Granting that the miraculous is possible how do we appropriate these Olaf stories Some of these stories do appear to represent the piety of the average Norwegian even to the point of appearing syncretistic with earlier heathen practices Snorri tells of the woman who worshiped Olaf for example 104 Granted the word worship has different connotations and does not necessarily connote intentional idolatry but when one posits this episode with Harold Sigurdsson s venerating St Olaf s relics the conclusion isn t hard to draw Whatever arguments some Christian traditions have for venerating relics this is a far cry from the worship Yahweh prescribed which is perhaps a bit ironic since many medieval kings saw themselves as modeled after King David

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Download µ Haralds Saga Hardradi Ç PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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 Conuest. 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 bastard who didn t hesitate to fight dirty and used whatever means were at hand to ruin his enemiesI haven t read any other translations of the work so I have nothing to compare it to but it read well to my ears including the prose translations of various bits of poetry that the author uotes throughout My only complaint about this edition might be that it is just full of footnotes and I found them difficult to ignore which detracted a bit from the flow of the tale itself Few if any of them seemed necessary to understanding the text so pushing them into end notes would have been less distracting Readers who have the discipline to avoid them should be fine

  • Paperback
  • 192
  • Haralds Saga Hardradi
  • Snorri Sturluson
  • English
  • 16 April 2018
  • 9780140441833