The King-Born.- The life of Olaf the Viking, King of the Danes and King of England [NOOK Book]

Overview

Few of us in the English speaking world nowadays believe that a man is bound by destiny, but medieval Europeans had no doubt of it. A “lucky” man would be successful and an” ill starred” man would fail. The gods were paramount, as is shown in The King Born.
During the twelfth to fourteenth centuries, the story of Olaf the Strong was a favourite of the English minstrels. Olaf was the son of Magnus, King of the Danes but when Magnus died of his wounds while his son was still too ...

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The King-Born.- The life of Olaf the Viking, King of the Danes and King of England

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Overview

Few of us in the English speaking world nowadays believe that a man is bound by destiny, but medieval Europeans had no doubt of it. A “lucky” man would be successful and an” ill starred” man would fail. The gods were paramount, as is shown in The King Born.
During the twelfth to fourteenth centuries, the story of Olaf the Strong was a favourite of the English minstrels. Olaf was the son of Magnus, King of the Danes but when Magnus died of his wounds while his son was still too young to hold the throne, Magnus’ brother, Thorard, was greedy and plotted to kill Olaf. However, by the will of the gods, Olaf overcame all obstacles and eventually gained not only the throne of Denmark but the throne of England as well.
The King Born may be an old English myth of the Danish conquest of England in 1013 A.D. but it provides a fascinating glimpse of Northern Europe a thousand years ago as well as the excitement of following Olaf’s adventures.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044631083
  • Publisher: Sifipublishing
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 871,937
  • File size: 161 KB

Meet the Author

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. During the 2nd World 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 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Excellent Short Story

    Easy read and an enoyable story. I really enjoyed this book! A nice escape from a hectic life.

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