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The Greatest Viking Desmond Seward

The Greatest Viking By Desmond Seward

The Greatest Viking by Desmond Seward


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The true story of one of the most famous of all Viking warriors who remains a national hero in Norway. With reference to Norse sagas and early chronicles, veteran historian Desmond Seward has written a vivid, colourful and insightful account of a remarkable man and the times in which he lived.

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The Greatest Viking: The Life of Olav Haraldsson by Desmond Seward

Raider. Conqueror. King. Saint.

This is the story of Olav Haraldsson, the greatest Viking who ever lived.

A ruthless Viking warrior who named his most prized battle weapon after the Norse goddess of death, Olav Haraldsson and his mercenaries wrought terror and destruction from the Baltic to Galicia in the early eleventh century. Thousands were put to the sword, enslaved or ransomed. In England, Canterbury was sacked, its archbishop murdered and London Bridge pulled down. The loot amassed from years of plunder helped Olav win the throne of Norway, and a century after his death he was proclaimed 'Eternal King' and has been a national hero there ever since.

Despite his bloodthirsty beginnings, Olav converted to Christianity and, in a personal vendetta against the old Norse gods, made Norway Christian too, thereby changing irrevocably the Viking world he was born into. Told with reference to Norse sagas, early chronicles and the work of modern scholars, Desmond Seward paints an intensely vivid and colourful portrait of the life and times of arguably the greatest Viking of them all.

The Greatest Viking Reviews

'All books about historical subjects should be as good as this one: but very few actually are'

* Undiscovered Scotland *

'Paints an intensely vivid and colourful portrait of the life and times of arguably the greatest Viking of them all'

-- Michael Alexander * Dundee Courier *

About Desmond Seward

Desmond Seward was educated at Ampleforth and St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Among the most highly regarded popular historians of his generation, he was the author of some thirty books, including biographies of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry V, Richard III, Marie Antoinette and Metternich. He died in 2022.

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GOR012656001
9781780277950
1780277954
The Greatest Viking: The Life of Olav Haraldsson by Desmond Seward
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Birlinn General
2022-11-03
272
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