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King Harald's Saga by Snorri Sturluson

King Harald's Saga (edition 1966)

by Snorri Sturluson (Author)

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Title:King Harald's Saga
Authors:Snorri Sturluson (Author)
Info:Penguin Books (1966), Edition: Later Printing
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King Harald's Saga: Harald Hardradi of Norway by Snorri Sturluson



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Magnus Magnusson and Hermann Pálsson structure their prose translation of Snorri Sturluson's King Harald's Saga into three parts: an introduction with historic background on Harald and the larger Heimskringla, the saga itself, and additional materials such as genealogical tables, a glossary of names, and maps. The story focuses on the life of Harald, most well-known as one of the kings who tried to conquer England in 1066 and who likely weakened Harold's forces enough that William the Conqueror was able to achieve his victory nineteen days later.
Modern translators would try to retain Sturluson's original verse structure, but this is a serviceable translation with excellent footnotes to clear up historic inaccuracies or explain the relationships between the people Sturluson discusses. The story will appeal to those who have read other Scandinavian sagas like Egil's Saga (based on Egill Skallagrímsson and possibly written by Sturluson as well) or English histories like Robert Glover's Kings of England Ever Since it was So Called. ( )
  DarthDeverell | May 1, 2016 |
This is a solid, serviceable translation of part of the Heimskringla. I'll admit that medieval Scandinavian history is not my strong point, so I can't speak to how accurately it captures the sense of the original, but it read clearly and easily (even though I didn't like how the footnotes were arranged). I would have appreciated more and better integrated/connected genealogical tables, though; the kinship relationships were clearly extremely important to medieval Icelandic/Norse society, but it was hard to keep track of all the various interrelationships. ( )
1 vote siriaeve | Oct 30, 2010 |
This is the saga of Harald Hardradi (the ruthless), the last viking king of Norway. He led a fascinating life, including a stint as the chief of the Varangian guards in Constantinople where he became a lover of the empress Zoe. He died in the battle of Stamford Bridge (9/25/1066), when he invaded England as an ally of Harold Godwinsson's ill-fated brother Tostig. This battle so depleted Harold Godwinsson's forces that he was defeated and killed by William of Normandy at Hastings 19 days later. ( )
  Jamie638 | Mar 16, 2007 |
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on his eightieth birthday

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INTRODUCTION -- The year 1066 was a convulsive and fateful year for the destiny of England and western Europe.
1. The Fugitive

Harald Sigurdson was a half-brother of King Olaf the Saint; they had the same mother.
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