The Last Viking

Author: Don Hollway

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472846524

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 9299


A rich and compelling account of the life of King Harald Hardrada of Norway, one of the greatest Viking warriors to have ever lived.

The Last Viking

Author: Don Hollway

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472846532

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 922


'The Last Viking is a masterful and pulse-pounding narrative that transports the reader into the middle of the action.' Carl Gnam, Military Heritage Harald Sigurdsson burst into history as a teenaged youth in a Viking battle from which he escaped with little more than his life and a thirst for vengeance. But from these humble origins, he became one of Norway's most legendary kings. The Last Viking is a fast-moving narrative account of the life of King Harald Hardrada, as he journeyed across the medieval world, from the frozen wastelands of the North to the glittering towers of Byzantium and the passions of the Holy Land, until his warrior death on the battlefield in England. Combining Norse sagas, Byzantine accounts, Anglo-Saxon chronicles, and even King Harald's own verse and prose into a single, compelling story, Don Hollway vividly depicts the violence and spectacle of the late Viking era and delves into the dramatic events that brought an end to almost three centuries of Norse conquest and expansion.

The Last Viking

Author: James William Jones

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491702109

Category: Fiction

Page: 398

View: 5319


An unexpected visit from their Jewish banker at the beginning of World War II alerts Wilhelm and Kristin to the horrors of the holocaust. Odin had recently appeared to Kristin, portending an upheaval in their lives; they realized this must be their next adventure. Slipping into Nazi Germany through Morocco, they forged identities that gave them access to the most powerful men in the Third Reich. They soon realized that preventing this madman from eradicating those deemed unworthy to populate the Reich was a daunting task even for Wilhelm, Th e Last Viking, and Kristin, his Valkyrie companion. As they edged ever closer to Hitler they encountered some of the most fascinating people of the twentieth century, including Hermann Göring, Joseph Goebbels, Dr. Josef Mengele, Claus von Stauff enberg, and Hitler’s filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. Along the way they would meet the king of the Roma and befriend numerous innocent Germans caught up in this the last Great War. They eventually succeed in changing the course of history, but not without great cost. This book also explains why the Russians continued to attempt to authenticate the remains of Hitler well into the 1970’s, never believing that he died in the Führerbunker.

The Last Viking

Author: Stephen Bown

Publisher: Aurum

ISBN: 178131084X

Category: Travel

Page: 400

View: 5031


One hundred years have passed since Robert Falcon Scott’s beleagured expeditionary team arrived at the South Pole, only to find that they had been beaten by the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. The most feted explorer of his generation, Amundsen counted the discovery of the Northwest Passage, in 1905, as well as the North Pole amongst his greatest achievements. In the golden age of polar exploration Amundsen, whose revolutionary approach to technology transcends polar and nautical significance, was a titan among men. However, until now, his story has rarely featured as more than a footnote to Scott’s tragic failure. Reviled for defeating Scott but worshipped by his men, Amundsen was pursued by women and creditors throughout his life before disappearing on a rescue mission for the Italian Fascist who had set off in an airship to claim the North Pole for Mussolini. The Last Viking is the life of a visionary and a showman, who brought the era of Shackleton to an end, put the newly independent Norway on the map and was the twentieth century’s brightest trailblazing explorer. Against the backdrop of the race to conquer the most inhospitable corners of the earth, The Last Viking stands alongside The Worst Journey in the World for its grim immediacy of heroism and hardship. Bestriding the generation defined by adventure and the unquenchable desire for discovery, it is the mesmerising story of courage, misery, friendship and the ultimate price paid for immortality.

The Last Viking

Author: Stephen R. Bown

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0306821621

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 6574


The Last Viking unravels the life of the man who stands head and shoulders above all those who raced to map the last corners of the world. In 1900, the four great geographical mysteries--the Northwest Passage, the Northeast Passage, the South Pole, and the North Pole--remained blank spots on the globe. Within twenty years Roald Amundsen would claim all four prizes. Renowned for his determination and technical skills, both feared and beloved by his men, Amundsen is a legend of the heroic age of exploration, which shortly thereafter would be tamed by technology, commerce, and publicity. Féd in his lifetime as an international celebrity, pursued by women and creditors, he died in the Arctic on a rescue mission for an inept rival explorer. Stephen R. Bown has unearthed archival material to give Amundsen's life the grim immediacy of Apsley Cherry-Garrard's The Worst Journey in the World, the exciting detail of The Endurance, and the suspense of a Jon Krakauer tale. The Last Viking is both a thrilling literary biography and a cracking good story.

The Last Viking

Author: Berwick Coates

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471112012

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 7741


1066. Stamford Bridge. Two armies. One kingdom. Only one will win the greatest prize - the jewel of England. England, 1066. With the death of Edward the Confessor, the future of England is hanging in the balance. Harold has been crowned king but the country he inherits is menaced by division within and enemies without. In the north, Tostig, Earl of Northumbria, has been expelled by a rebellion. He plots revenge, and threatens to invade at any time and anywhere. To the south there are rumours of William of Normandy massing a force to attack from France. And in Norway, Harald Hardrada, the greatest Viking alive, sees an opportunity in a divided kingdom. Harold will not let his country go without a fight. Charismatic, daring and resourceful, he is determined to make Hardrada the last Viking in England. And so, the bloodiest battle yet fought on English soil is about to begin…

The Last Viking Queen

Author: Janelle Taylor

Publisher: Pinnacle Books

ISBN: 1420127667

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 6573


He saved her life and she gave him a throne. Joined together by royal decree, the Princess Alysa and her beloved Prince Gavin share a bond of power and passion that no man can tear asunder. But when their kingdom on the enchanted isle of Britain is attacked, Alysa mounts her noble steed and joins her warrior army against the northern invaders who would divide her peaceful realm. Defiant and unafraid, Alysa battles the barbaric Norsemen-with a bold, seductive plan that will sweep her into the arms of her most dangerous enemy. . .before she can return to her land and the lover whose searing caresses will burn in her heart forevermore. . .

The Last Viking Trilogy

Author: Poul Anderson

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504046145

Category: Fiction

Page: 818

View: 2744


The complete trilogy in one volume: An epic saga by an award-winning author about the daring life of the fierce Norse warrior-king Harald Hardrede. Harald Hardrede, last and greatest of the Norse kings, matures from an uncrowned young man hungry for battle to a ruler with dreams of expansion he is determined to realize. The Golden Horn: Only seventeen, Harald Sigurdharson—one day to be called Hardrede—covets the throne he is still too young to take. Restless, the warrior journeys to Constantinople where he becomes a member of the fabled Varangian Guard entrusted with the safety of the Byzantine emperor and romances an enticing beauty from a powerful clan. The Road of the Sea Horse: Harald Hardrede, who has spent years serving foreign rulers in faraway realms, returns to Norway, undefeated and ready to grow his empire. Harald’s task to unite the northlands will be difficult and require great sacrifice, for the people will adamantly resist his invasion. But Harald will not be deterred; he is determined to carve out his place in history. The Sign of the Raven: Harald has become a great king and a powerful conqueror, but his rule has become unstable. Treachery is brewing in the North and his conquest of Denmark is still out of reach. Unable to raise his wife’s downtrodden spirits or identify with his illegitimate sons, he sets out on his final adventure to seize the prize he has coveted above all others: the fortified island called Britannia.

The Last Viking

Author: Stephen R. Bown

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 9780306822667

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 4465


The Last Viking unravels the life of the man who stands head and shoulders above all those who raced to map the last corners of the world. In 1900, the four great geographical mysteries—the Northwest Passage, the Northeast Passage, the South Pole, and the North Pole—remained blank spots on the globe. Within twenty years Roald Amundsen would claim all four prizes. Renowned for his determination and technical skills, both feared and beloved by his men, Amundsen is a legend of the heroic age of exploration, which shortly thereafter would be tamed by technology, commerce, and publicity. Féted in his lifetime as an international celebrity, pursued by women and creditors, he died in the Arctic on a rescue mission for an inept rival explorer. Stephen R. Bown has unearthed archival material to give Amundsen's life the grim immediacy of Apsley Cherry-Garrard's The Worst Journey in the World, the exciting detail of The Endurance, and the suspense of a Jon Krakauer tale. The Last Viking is both a thrilling literary biography and a cracking good story.

The Last Viking

Author: Norman Jorgensen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781925163155

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 1847


Josh is a timid boy until his grandpa gives him a book about Vikings and he imagines himself as Knut, fearless Viking raider.