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The King-Born: The Life of Olaf the Viking, King of the Danes and King of England Paperback – 20 Sep 2012


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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: SifiPublishing (20 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957264011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957264014
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,399,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Fraser was born into a well-known Scottish family, of which practically every man for more than seven hundred years had been a warrior. But, because his father was disinherited for choosing the 'cowardly' profession of clergyman, the author was brought up and educated in southern England. He has an Oxford Master degree in Modern History and since his student days has immersed himself in medieval history. During the war he was an officer in the Royal Navy (actually a 'torpedo pilot' in the Fleet Air Arm) and in 1943, both decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross and captured. After two + years as a German P.O. W., he became an administrator in the British Colonial Service, working primarily in Malaysia and Singapore. There, he met and worked amongst simple people, comparable to our ancestors of a thousand years ago. He was deeply impressed by how vastly different human beings are in different times and places and by the fallacy of the assumption that all men are, and always have been, the same. He was honoured as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1960 and later served in Aden and the Bahamas.

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Ian Fraser was born into a well-known Scottish family, of which practically every man for more than 700 years had been a warrior. But, because his father was disinherited for choosing the 'cowardly' profession of clergyman, the author was brought up and educated in southern England. During the war he was an officer in the Royal Navy (actually a 'torpedo pilot' in the Fleet Air Arm) and in 1943 both decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross and captured. After 2 + years as a German P.O. W., he became an administrator in the British Colonial Service, working primarily in Malaysia and Singapore. There, he met and worked amongst simple people comparable to our ancestors of 1000 years ago. He was deeply impressed by how vastly different human beings are in different times and places and by the utter fallacy of the assumption that all men are, and always have been, the same. He was honoured as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1960 and later served in Aden and the Bahamas.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By trottzky on 8 Dec. 2012
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I usually read "source" books from Greeks to Byzantium and from Romans to Icelandic Sagas and Anglo Saxon literature. But sometimes it can get a little heavy going. So now and again I like to read a novel from the periods in question. And "King-Born" is a cracking story, and moves along at just the right pace to keep it interesting and make you want to turn the next page. I enjoyed it very much. If you like your historical novels, you could do a lot worse than to spend an afternoon in the company of Olaf his friends and enemies. Thoroughly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sigrun Olafsdottir on 11 Dec. 2012
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Quite violent as is to be expected but a vivid tale from the Viking era which brings to life the heroic tale of Olaf the Strong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rawfreedom.com on 15 Oct. 2012
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this little book and I was pleasantly surprised! I was hooked from the beginning and found it difficult to put down. It's a tale told along the lines of Arthurian legend: it's got good guys, bad guys, honour and tretchery. And of course a little romance woven in amongst some unromanticised warrior combat.

It's written for older kids, but like Philip Pullman and Tolkien, it appeals to grown ups too. I'm a 38 year life coach and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys history and good old storytelling. You can't go wrong at this price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruno Bubna-Kasteliz on 5 Aug. 2013
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I couldn't take the simplistic dialogue and mock-historicity. I believe the book would be suitable for children rather than adults.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Walton Masters on 15 Feb. 2013
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I loved this book! Very quick and easy to read and just enough facts mixed with a good story to hold my interest to the end. It gave a good sense of life in those times without being too heavy.
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