Orkneyinga Saga: The History of the Earls of Orkney

Paperback | July 30, 1981

byHermann AnonymousTranslated byHermann Palsson, Paul Edwards

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Written around AD 1200 by an unnamed Icelandic author, the Orkneyinga Saga is an intriguing fusion of myth, legend and history. The only medieval chronicle to have Orkney as the central place of action, it tells of an era when the islands were still part of the Viking world, beginning with their conquest by the kings of Norway in the ninth century. The saga describes the subsequent history of the Earldom of Orkney and the adventures of great Norsemen such as Sigurd the Powerful, St Magnus the Martyr and Hrolf, the conqueror of Normandy. Savagely powerful and poetic, this is a fascinating depiction of an age of brutal battles, murder, sorcery and bitter family feuds.

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 In a powerful account of warfare and the struggle for supremacy, Orkneyinga Saga: The History of the Earls of Orkney is a great source for most of our knowledge of the Northern Isles and Caithness. Written around AD 1200 by an unnamed Icelandic author, the Saga describes the conquest of the islands by the kings of Norway during the Vi...

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Written around AD 1200 by an unnamed Icelandic author, the Orkneyinga Saga is an intriguing fusion of myth, legend and history. The only medieval chronicle to have Orkney as the central place of action, it tells of an era when the islands were still part of the Viking world, beginning with their conquest by the kings of Norway in the n...

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Written around AD 1200 by an unnamed Icelandic author, the Orkneyinga Saga is an intriguing fusion of myth, legend and history. The only medieval chronicle to have Orkney as the central place of action, it tells of an era when the islands were still part of the Viking world, beginning with their conquest by the kings of Norway in the n...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.77 × 5.04 × 0.6 inPublished:July 30, 1981Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140443835

ISBN - 13:9780140443837

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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 In a powerful account of warfare and the struggle for supremacy, Orkneyinga Saga: The History of the Earls of Orkney is a great source for most of our knowledge of the Northern Isles and Caithness. Written around AD 1200 by an unnamed Icelandic author, the Saga describes the conquest of the islands by the kings of Norway during the Viking expansion of the ninth century. This work also describes the history of the Earldom of Orkney. With a special significance for the people of Orkney, this text sharpens their awareness of a Norse and Scottish dual heritage.