The Tale of King Harald
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An illustrated children's adventure book telling the story of King Harald Sigurdsson, the Viking king.
Based on a true story, Harald’s adventure takes him from a frightened teenager to wealthy and powerful warrior and finally to a ruthless and tyrannical king whose ambition leads him to a futile yet glorious death at the battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066.
In this exciting and action?packed story, Harald journeys across the world from Scandinavia to Russia, Byzantium, Sicily, Turkey, Palestine and finally England. Travelling overland and by sea he gathers wealth, recognition and power and along the way meets a range of famous and flamboyant historical figures including Cnut the Great, Prince Jaroslav of Kiev, the Empress Zoe and King Harold of England.
Wonderful illustrations bring the story to life and special feature pages draw on real objects discovered from the Viking Age to illuminate the world Harald lived in.
Suitable for children aged 9-11, The Tale of King Harald ties in with Key Stage 2 on the National Curriculum.
About the Author
Thomas J.T. Williams is project curator of the exhibition Vikings: life and legend at the British Museum. Previously he has worked for Historic Royal Palaces (Tower of London/Hampton Court/Kensington Palace/Banqueting house) where he was responsible for designing new permanent displays. He is currently working on a PhD and is Editor of Papers from the Institute of Archaeology. He has spoken widely on his PhD research and related topics, and has a number of publications in print, press and preparation.
Product code: cmcf23448
World culture: Vikings
Title: The Tale of King Harald
Subtitle: The Last Viking Adventure
Author: Thomas J.T. Williams
Number of pages: 112 pages
Size: 20cm x 15cm
llustrations: Many black and white, 5 colour and one map
Publication date: February 2014
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A fascinating book ...recommended for both adults and younger readers alike.
A tale to bring history to life... This is a really fine read.
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An exciting adventure tale part based on factual events, aided with fantastic ink-and-linework illustrations.
Brings the Vikings: Life and Legend exhibition alive.