Orkneyinga Saga: The History of the Earls of Orkney

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Hermann Pálsson, Paul Geoffrey Edwards
Penguin, 1981 - History - 251 pages
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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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

there are several interesting threads in the Orkneyinga, and the literary quality is higher than the Faroe Islander Saga. The sad tale of Rognvald and his dog being the most intrusive in my memory ... Read full review

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User Review  - antiquary - LibraryThing

Striking for the grim intensity with which warriors fought for control of these little islands. Yet the author clearly also respected some figures who tried to maintain the peace. Read full review

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Genealogy of the Earls of Orkney
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Paul and Sarah Edwards are the bestselling coauthors of numerous books, including Finding Your Perfect Work, The Best Home Businesses for the 21st Century, and Making Money in Cyberspace. They provide millions of people with informative and inspirational advice on self-employment through their radio and television shows, their online venues, and their popular newspaper and magazine columns.

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