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Harald Hardrada: The Warrior's Way

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One of the greatest medieval warriors Harald Sigurdsson, nicknamed Hardrada, fell in battle in an attempt to snatch the crown of England. This book reconstructs his military career spanning three and a half decades and involving encounters with a range of allies and enemies in sea-fights and land battles, sieges and raids.
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published July 2nd 2007 by The History Press
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Rebecca
Nov 11, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I do believe this is the only book that performs a military study and history of Harald Hardrada of Norway's life, career in battle and of his kingship right up until 1066.
The tone of this book does seem a bit dry at first as the author explains to the reader the complicated family situation Harald grows up in until the famous battle of Stilkstad where he is injured in support of his half-brother Olav. But once you follow Harald Hardrada's journey to find sanctuary in Russia then the real advent
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Geoff
Feb 03, 2013 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harald Hardrada is one of those historical characters who is well known, but not always for the right reasons. Before picking up this book all I could really say about him was that he died at Stamford Bridge fighting against the English king Harold Godwinson, but as the author demonstrates there is much more to the story of this larger-than-life character who fought in battles and influenced history across England, Scandinavia, Russia, Italy and the Byzantine Empire.

The author shows a detailed k
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Colin
Oct 06, 2014 Colin rated it really liked it
A fascinating account. I'm embarrassed by my almost total lack of knowledge not just of Harald, but of this whole period. It's complex and involved, and Marsden has a complex task making sense of the various contemporary accounts; the work of poets rather than historians.

His own writing is sometimes a little dense, and some passages bwed a little rereading before they give up their full sense, but ultimately it's worth it.
John
Sep 28, 2008 John rated it really liked it
I had absolutely no idea how much I was going to enjoy this book.

Marsden obviously loved the history of Hardrada and sometimes gets lost in reverie for the man. But what a tale he has to tell.

We have all heard of Hardrada and his claim for the throne of Britain and his defeat at Stamford Bridge in 1066 - prior to Harolds defeat at Hastings.

But I had never heard of the exploits of Hardrada and his kin along the shores of the Mediterranean, in the Balkans, or even more fantastically, in Palestine.
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Sean Brennan
Jun 29, 2013 Sean Brennan rated it really liked it
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This book is an excellent history of arguably the greatest warrior king of his time that larger than life Viking and battle crazed berserker Harald. Although the text is sometimes a bit dry, the book gives an excellent portrayal of a truly larger than life character who got a little bit forgotten in the history books due to the later success of Duke William of Normandy, the last Great Viking.
Christopher
Oct 26, 2012 Christopher rated it really liked it
If nothing else the fact that this appears to be the only scholarly book focusing on Harald makes it indispensable reading for those interested in the subject.
Michael Wills
Mar 25, 2012 Michael Wills rated it it was amazing
A most impressive piece of very readable scholarship.I recommend it to anyone interested in the 11th Century
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John Marsden is the author of a number of books on the early history of Scotland and Northumbria, including Somerled and Galloglas. In recent years he has made his home in the Western Isles of Scotland.
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