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5.0 out of 5 stars Olaf I of Norway
Robert Leighton here made a great attempt at bringing Olaf to life. Mentioned in the Icelandic Sagas, Olaf's tale is one of the lust for power, betrayal and revenge. We only really have the sagas to go on for most of this man's life and in places they do contradict, but Leighton using these, and adding some fiction as well, to flesh out his characters and make the story...
Published on 10 May 2011 by M. Dowden

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting if a little sycophantic
The writing is a little dated, as you would expect seeing it was written the 19th C (but fun to read about British Empire and certain countries in the current tense), but a good read. Only thing that grated was the sycophancy about how perfect Olaf was, which must mean he was of royal blood - and how awful the pagans were but when Olaf did equally horrible things to...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Olaf I of Norway, 10 May 2011
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Robert Leighton here made a great attempt at bringing Olaf to life. Mentioned in the Icelandic Sagas, Olaf's tale is one of the lust for power, betrayal and revenge. We only really have the sagas to go on for most of this man's life and in places they do contradict, but Leighton using these, and adding some fiction as well, to flesh out his characters and make the story more easy to read brings the man and the events to life.

Admittedly this isn't everyone's cup of tea, after all although Olaf did spend some time in this country and carried out raids here he is perhaps better known in Ireland, where he married the daughter of the King of Dublin at the time, and also of course he is known in Norway. Becoming converted to Christianity and also becoming the rightful King of Norway, he set about converting the whole country, thus making it Christian.

If you like a good old fashioned tale of derring-do and excitement, then this shouldn't disappoint, as well as giving you a better look at the Viking world, and the things that were happening at the time. You will find out how Astrid, Olaf's mother had to go into hiding and escape with her baby so that he wasn't killed. It isn't easy being a rightful king, when others want your throne.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 4 July 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting if a little sycophantic, 2 May 2013
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The writing is a little dated, as you would expect seeing it was written the 19th C (but fun to read about British Empire and certain countries in the current tense), but a good read. Only thing that grated was the sycophancy about how perfect Olaf was, which must mean he was of royal blood - and how awful the pagans were but when Olaf did equally horrible things to convert his people to christainity...well that's fine !
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4.0 out of 5 stars A tale of heroism against the odds., 27 Feb 2013
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OK, so it may not be the world's greatest literary work, but it took in so many places close to my life and told the story of a young man born to be king who was certain of what his destiny was. Great for anyone looking at the vikings at school.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Olaf The Glorious. A Story of the Viking Age, 10 Mar 2012
This is an interesting book, which gives a good insight to life of the Vikings and how they conquered a large part of England and other countries.Olaf the Glorious A Story of the Viking Age
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