King Harald's Saga

King Harald’s Saga

Harald Hardradi of Norway: From Snorri Sturluson’s Heimskringla

Written by:
Introduction by: Magnus Magnusson
Introduction by: Hermann Palsson
Translated by: Magnus Magnusson
Translated by: Hermann Palsson

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140441833
  • 192 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


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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King Harald's Saga

King Harald’s Saga

Written by: Snorri Sturluson, Introduction by: Magnus Magnusson, Introduction by: Hermann Palsson, Translated by: Magnus Magnusson, Translated by: Hermann Palsson