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History and Fiction in the Kings’ Sagas: The Case of Haraldr Harðráði

History and Fiction in the Kings’ Sagas: The Case of Haraldr Harðráði By Alison Finlay Saga-Book, Volume XXXIX, 2015 Haraldr harðráði was the other invader of England in 1066. If he had been as successful in his confrontation with the English king Harold Godwinsson at Stamford Bridge as he had been just five days earlier […]

The 1066 Norwegian Invasion of England in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

The goal of this paper is to understand how the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle portrays the Norwegian Invasion of 1066 and how they characterize the Norwegians, particularly the figure of Haraldr Harðráði.

King Harald Sigurdsson of Norway in History and Legend

Yet behind the legend we find that Harald is a much more complex figure than Adam of Bremen would have you believe. The most extraordinary episodes in Harald’s life were in fact historical, and can be discerned from the tales that have come down to us if only we are willing to tease out the facts from the corpus of myth surrounding him.

Haraldr the Hard-Ruler and his poets

If Haraldr’s contemporaries and the early writers did not know him as hardradi, what did they call him?

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