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?

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 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

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 At the brutal sea battle of spaulder near 1,000 most of Norway came under the control of the Danish King Sweyn Forkbeard the battle was the latest confrontation in a near centuries-long struggle by Danish rulers to exert their authority to the north Swain's one-time 

Ally Olaf twig fastened a warlord who had once ridden side by side with Spain if they ravaged England together during the 1990s made a last stand upon his mighty flagship the long serpent before leaping to his death in the frigid waters of the Baltic Sea after consolidating his hold over Norway and dividing it up between ambitious regional the Isles Spain then turned against England finally conquering it in 1030 just months later however and the great Danish ruler died and in the absence of his strong handed rule his empire began to break apart Denmark fell into the hands of his son


 Harold in England his son Knut attempted to stake his own claim on the English throne but was initially rejected in favour of the return of King Ethelred from his exile in Normandy meanwhile in Norway talk of rebellion against the Danes began to take hold as various vassals again attempted to reassert their independence it is therefore not so surprising that in the aftermath of Spain's death considerable amounts of Norwegians seem to have fought on the behalf of Canute's enemies in England and elsewhere apparently foremost amongst these warriors was a young mercenary commander originally from the traditional royal heartland of stick Lestat just 19 or so at the time it already a veteran battlefield commander Olaf Harrelson was a direct descendant of the first King of Norway Harald fairhair and he likely saw it as his calling to shake off Danish control from the south and to unify Norway once more into a single Kingdom the first step in this mission was to be as much of a thorn in the side of Knut as possible and to ensure that he wouldn't have an easy ride in conquering England and reestablishing Danish control in Norway this opportunity first arose when Ethelred annex Island Normandy at the court of his brother-in-law at the time was recalled back to assume his throne by the witan of England Olaf also in Normandy went with him

 The little is concretely known about Olaf's youth it seemed that as a potential claimant to the throne of Norway during a time when ambitious regional y'alls ruled most of the country on path from the Danish king he probably hadn't been welcomed nor particularly safe in his homeland as he was canonized shortly after his death because of his adherence to Christianity a vast amount of information was later written on Olaf's yet precisely because of these legends it remains difficult to arrive at an accurate picture of his life as was often the case with royal princes in Scandinavia Olaf seems to have taken to the Seas early in his life to make a name for himself according to one of the most important sources of his life Behaim screen glare written down in around 1225 olaf landed on the estonian island of Sarah Mayer in 1008 at the head of a band of warriors at first the local inhabitants agreed to pay off the Vikings to leave though soon enough a force was raised to fight them a hard battle was fought there on;

 The shores of baltic sea but Olaf and his men eventually emerged victorious if the sagas are to be believed he then led his men even further north to the coast of modern-day Finland at the Battle of hurdler fought within the mysterious frosted woodlands at the North Olaf was ambushed and barely escaped with his life back to ships losing a large number of men in the process despite a heavy storm arising Olaf then ordered his ships to cast off and only barely survived to tell the tale after more raiding and adventuring around the shores of the Baltic Olaf eventually found his way to Normandy originally founded by Scandinavians a century earlier but now a Christian Duchy officially subjects to France it in reality mostly independent from outside influence despite being Christians now the Normans still looked fondly upon their past and tended to have a soft spot for Scandinavians who often found service in the armies of the Norman dukes thus when ethelred's then married to Emma of Normandy the sister of the Duke of Normandy was recalled to the throne of war-torn England in 1014 Olaf not only went with him but could have actually been the very reason why Ethelred was able to gain entrance into London and reclaim his throne 

According to some sources Olaf led his norse warriors into battle against canoes Danes possibly even leading a seaborne attack which pulled down London Bridge though he had reclaimed his throne Ethelred soon became ill support for him fell away as Knut returned to England again with a large army sensing that the time was now right to return to Norway and possibly even Laden down with English loot and plunder and certainly payment from Ethelred Olaf gathered his man and sailed north on the way he stopped off again in Normandy and is thought to have converted to Christianity had he not already done so prior to going to England thus when Olaf returned to Norway just like the last independent norwegian king olaf drink rasa and unlike most of his countryman he was now a christian upon his return in 1015 olaf quickly declared himself king successfully obtaining the support of the five petty kings of the norwegian uplands largely 


Because of his lineage in 1016 and the Battle of Nessie ah he succeeded in defeating his main opposition the Earl of laid Swain Hawkinson a vassal of Denmark and Sweden previously the de facto ruler of much of Norway within a few short years Olaf had achieved the unthinkable he had won more power than any of his predecessors on the throne he had annihilated the petty kings of the South subdued the aristocracy reasserted norwegian authority in the Orkney Islands conducted a successful raid on Denmark and even made peace with king olaf of sweden ultimately however as Knut completed his consolidation of rule in England and Denmark he looks northwards once more to exert his influence in Norway at the Battle of Helle gaya in 1026 Knut arrived in Norway with several hundred ships bolstered by English and Danish housecarls though Olaf fought the invasion to a standstill inflicting horrific casualties upon the anglo Danish alliance he was eventually defeated leave Canute the dominant leader in scandinavia by 1029 Canoe succeeded

 In fomenting a popular rebellion against olaf among several of his vassals the king was driven into exile and Knut added Norway to his northern sea Empire with the Earl of late Hakan Eriksson his new Regent after a year or so spent amongst the Kiev on roofs and the Swedes Olaf seized the opportunity to return to restate his claim to the throne at the ensuing battle of stick lestat in 1030 olaf was killed by a coalition of noblemen elides to Knut Knut could only hold on to Norway for another five years however before yet another popular revolt but Olaf's son Magnus the good on the throne in a reversal of the previous Danish supremacy Magnus succeeded in taking the throne of Denmark in 1042 after the death of Knut son half the claims Olaf's younger half-brother Harald Hardrada who had stood with him at stick lestat would also later return from his own exile to claim the throne of Norway in 1046 before he faint fully attentive his own conquest of England 1066  ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,................ 


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