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Harald Hardrada: King of Norway What was Harald Hardrada famous for? Was Harald Hardrada a good king? How did Harald Hardrada die in the battle of Hastings? Who defeated King Harold of Norway?

 On the 20th of September 1066 a battle was fought on the outskirts of the village of Fulford in northern England the English Earl's edwin of Mercia and Morcar of Northumbria had hastily gathered their forces together along with the local Lords of the north to mount a defense against this last great Viking invasion of England these were no mere raiders facing them across the fields to the combined might of the kingdom of Norway along with its allies and the Scottish Isles and also the recently deposed English Earl of Northumbria the brother of the new king kostik Godwinson the English struck first advancing on the Norwegians before they could fully deploy but this wasn't the Norwegian Kings first battle  He was Harald Hardrada the famous Viking who had spent his entire lifetime adventuring and battling all over the known world from modern-day Palestine to Italy to Russia to Ukraine he had carved out a fortune from the blood of his enemies and fought against far greater men than

King Æthelberht & Kent's Golden Age 560-616What did King Ethelbert of Kent do and why did it matter?

 In the aftermath of the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the early 5th century AD death came swiftly to the originally Celtic now romanized province at first it came from the wild trucks have been charted forest land to the north in the form of the pigs the later still it came in long ships and brought with it the worship of north Scots these originally mercenary warriors were Angles Saxons Dukes Frisians various other Germanic peoples from just across the channel they sought land and wealth and a new life in the formerly Roman province at first they mostly consisted of large groups of heavily armed warriors infamous pirates that came mostly from villages scattered along the coastlines of Denmark and northern Germany from where they had raided land on both sides of the channel for centuries the Romans had long paid them to fight in their armies as auxiliaries and now the Western Empire was crumbling and certainty filled the continent by the time the Romans pulled out of Britain in the

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