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The Seven Wives of Harald Fairhair free pdf THE SEVEN WIVES OF HARALD FAIRHAIR King Gudrod was called the Hunter and he lived up to his name. Not only did he need to prove his power by hunting down animals, but he took the same actions when dealing with people. Gudrod was accustomed to getting his own way and he did what he needed to make that happen. When his first wife died, he decided he would have Aasa from the neighboring kingdom of Agder for his next wife. Aasa was a young woman of exceeding great beauty. She was tall of stature with long, flaming red hair and piercing green eyes. Her beauty was only exceeded by her strong will and sharp intellect...and Gudrod had desired her for a long while. He sent his men west to Agder to ask Aasa's father, King Harald Redbeard, to give his daughter to him. "There will be no match between Gudrod the Hunter and my daughter," exclaimed Harald Redbeard, "Take your request and go elsewhere! Aasa would never consider a man like Gudrod to wed!" The ambassadors returned and told the result of their errand. "Harald Redbeard refused my offer?" shouted Gudrod. "We shall see how he likes my next offer! Gather the men and ready the ships. We sail for Agder tonight!" A great force of ships and men landed before dawn near the estate of King Harald and crept, with stealth, up the hill to the longhouse. After the building was completely surrounded, King Gudrod shouted at the door, "Harald Redbeard, you shall pay dearly for refusing to give your daughter Aasa to me. Tonight, she shall be in my bed and you shall be dead!" Thus began the saga foretelling the events that would shape the life and times of King Harald Fairhair. He lived in an era when men like Gudrod, his grandfather, took what they wanted and murdered who they pleased...and if they were high-born, they suffered no penalty. The abduction and rape of his grandmother, Aasa, helped determine a different attitude on the part of his father, Halvdan the Black, as well as his own. Harald Fairhair was a real living, breathing man. He was not just an ordinary man, but a superhero of the Viking Age. He believed he had been sent to the earth to do a great work and he believed that his God Odin was the guiding light that led him in his quest. Thus, Harald's life was interwoven in his destiny of uniting the country of Norway under one strong ruler. In order to fulfill his destiny, he needed a large posterity. And to produce a large posterity, he needed women, actually seven women, six of whom became his wives. He was fortunate to have women who loved him deeply, even passionately. Harald loved them all, in one way or another...except for the witch. He was even willing to give them all up to win the heart of the black-haired beauty from Jutland. As a prolific lover, Harald fathered 23 children, 20 of whom were male heirs. The many women in his life were unique with their own personalities...strong-willed, stubborn and determined- quiet, calm and serene- needy, insecure and petty- wicked and devious- plus clever, confident and wise. They were all beautiful in their own way. The saga of The Seven Wives of Harald Fairhair is a story of love and war, but mostly love. His first proposal of marriage was rejected by a haughty young woman who challenged him to become the first King of all Norway. He accepted her challenge and took an oath that he would not cut nor comb his hair until he had succeeded. How he got the title of Fairhair is part of the story. Harald's story is not only the account of a boy who became King at the age of 10, but a young man who fought over 30 battles without receiving the death wound. He was a larger-than-life patriarch who ruled his people for 73 years and died in the year 933 AD. "Harald Harfagre was remarkably handsome, great and strong, and very generous to his men. He was a great warrior and his large posterity spread over the whole land- for of his race, ever since, have come the Kings of Norway." Heimskr

About Marcia Lee Liaklev

Marcia Lee was raised in Aneta, North Dakota, a predominately Norwegian community. Liaklev is the name of the Lee farm in Norway. She is the mother of five children and eighteen grandchildren. Her educational background consists of a B.S. degree in Home Economics and Interior Design from North Dakota State University, as well as M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Leadership from the University of Idaho. Her major work experience includes that of secondary school teacher, school administrator and university faculty. Marcia has visited Norway many times. Through genealogical research, she has found and met ancestors from many counties in Norway including: Nord-Trondelag, Sor-Trondelag, Oppland, Hedmark, Ostfold, Buskerud, Telemark, Akershus, Rogaland and Hordaland. The catalyst for writing this book came after a friend and Norwegian genealogist found a connection between Marcia's great-grandmother and Harald Fairhair, first King of all Norway. After reading about his life in the Heimskringla, the History of the Kings of Norway, compiled by Snorri Sturluson, she thought someone should write a book about Harald and his wives. Later, she felt inspired to write it herself and tell their story of love and conquest in the Viking Age. The Vikings were pagans in that they believed in many Gods. Their main God, Odin, was of Trojan and Scythian descent. He and his people were influenced by the Greco-Roman religions. Odin and his family emigrated from the area of the Black Sea about 50 BC and conquered Scandinavia. Harald Fairhair was not only a descendant of Odin, but he worshipped Odin as the Alfather.

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Author : Marcia Lee Liaklev
Publisher : Createspace
Data Published : 24 July 2013
ISBN : 1490392599
EAN : 9781490392592
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 418 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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