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The Last Viking

Author : Stephen R. Bown
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The Last Viking unravels the life of the man who stands head and shoulders above all those who raced to map the last corners of the world. In 1900, the four great geographical mysteries—the Northwest Passage, the Northeast Passage, the South Pole, and the North Pole—remained blank spots on the globe. Within twenty years Roald Amundsen would claim all four prizes. Renowned for his determination and technical skills, both feared and beloved by his men, Amundsen is a legend of the heroic age of exploration, which shortly thereafter would be tamed by technology, commerce, and publicity. Féted in his lifetime as an international celebrity, pursued by women and creditors, he died in the Arctic on a rescue mission for an inept rival explorer. Stephen R. Bown has unearthed archival material to give Amundsen's life the grim immediacy of Apsley Cherry-Garrard's The Worst Journey in the World, the exciting detail of The Endurance, and the suspense of a Jon Krakauer tale. The Last Viking is both a thrilling literary biography and a cracking good story.

The Last Viking

Author : Don Hollway
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'The Last Viking is a masterful and pulse-pounding narrative that transports the reader into the middle of the action.' Carl Gnam, Military Heritage Harald Sigurdsson burst into history as a teenaged youth in a Viking battle from which he escaped with little more than his life and a thirst for vengeance. But from these humble origins, he became one of Norway's most legendary kings. The Last Viking is a fast-moving narrative account of the life of King Harald Hardrada, as he journeyed across the medieval world, from the frozen wastelands of the North to the glittering towers of Byzantium and the passions of the Holy Land, until his warrior death on the battlefield in England. Combining Norse sagas, Byzantine accounts, Anglo-Saxon chronicles, and even King Harald's own verse and prose into a single, compelling story, Don Hollway vividly depicts the violence and spectacle of the late Viking era and delves into the dramatic events that brought an end to almost three centuries of Norse conquest and expansion.

The Last Viking

Author : Stephen Bown
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One hundred years have passed since Robert Falcon Scott’s beleagured expeditionary team arrived at the South Pole, only to find that they had been beaten by the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. The most feted explorer of his generation, Amundsen counted the discovery of the Northwest Passage, in 1905, as well as the North Pole amongst his greatest achievements. In the golden age of polar exploration Amundsen, whose revolutionary approach to technology transcends polar and nautical significance, was a titan among men. However, until now, his story has rarely featured as more than a footnote to Scott’s tragic failure. Reviled for defeating Scott but worshipped by his men, Amundsen was pursued by women and creditors throughout his life before disappearing on a rescue mission for the Italian Fascist who had set off in an airship to claim the North Pole for Mussolini. The Last Viking is the life of a visionary and a showman, who brought the era of Shackleton to an end, put the newly independent Norway on the map and was the twentieth century’s brightest trailblazing explorer. Against the backdrop of the race to conquer the most inhospitable corners of the earth, The Last Viking stands alongside The Worst Journey in the World for its grim immediacy of heroism and hardship. Bestriding the generation defined by adventure and the unquenchable desire for discovery, it is the mesmerising story of courage, misery, friendship and the ultimate price paid for immortality.

The Last Viking

Author : Terry Deary
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The Viking invaders have arrived to make Emma and her fellow villagers slaves Will they be able to outwit the raiders and escape? This book features a gripping narrative with stacks of fun facts, aimed at reluctant readers. Illustrations appear on almost every page.

Last Viking Returns

Author : Norman Jorgensen
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A book about being the eldest child in the family, finding inner strength, and conquering fear Josh is as brave as a Viking warrior. And not much can scare a Viking. Not even bullies. But the two littlest Vikings are so fearless they think they're invincible. When Pop takes the family to Viking World, the two littlest Vikings go berserk. Josh is in for one rocky ride as he discovers just how far he'll go to keep them safe.

The Last Viking

Author : Norman Jorgensen
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Josh is a timid boy until his grandpa gives him a book about Vikings and he imagines himself as Knut, fearless Viking raider.

The Last Viking

Author : Sandra Hill
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He wore nothing but a leather tunic, spoke in an ancient tongue . . . and he was standing in Professor Meredith Foster's living room. The medieval historian told herself he was part of a practical joke, but with his wide gold belt, callused hands, and the rabbit roasting in her fireplace, the brawny stranger seemed so . . . authentic. Suddenly Meredith was mesmerized by his bronzed, muscular form, and her body surrendered to the fantasy that Geirolf Ericsson really was a Viking from a thousand years ago, sent only to pleasure her. But as she tried to teach him to eat spaghetti and use a computer, she realized he knew an awful lot about the tenth century—and so little about this one. And as he helped her fulfill her grandfather's dream of re-creating a Viking ship, he awakened her to dreams of her own. Until she wondered if the hand of fate had thrust her into the loving arms of . . . The Last Viking

The Last Viking Trilogy

Author : Poul Anderson
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The complete trilogy in one volume: An epic saga by an award-winning author about the daring life of the fierce Norse warrior-king Harald Hardrede. Harald Hardrede, last and greatest of the Norse kings, matures from an uncrowned young man hungry for battle to a ruler with dreams of expansion he is determined to realize. The Golden Horn: Only seventeen, Harald Sigurdharson—one day to be called Hardrede—covets the throne he is still too young to take. Restless, the warrior journeys to Constantinople where he becomes a member of the fabled Varangian Guard entrusted with the safety of the Byzantine emperor and romances an enticing beauty from a powerful clan. The Road of the Sea Horse: Harald Hardrede, who has spent years serving foreign rulers in faraway realms, returns to Norway, undefeated and ready to grow his empire. Harald’s task to unite the northlands will be difficult and require great sacrifice, for the people will adamantly resist his invasion. But Harald will not be deterred; he is determined to carve out his place in history. The Sign of the Raven: Harald has become a great king and a powerful conqueror, but his rule has become unstable. Treachery is brewing in the North and his conquest of Denmark is still out of reach. Unable to raise his wife’s downtrodden spirits or identify with his illegitimate sons, he sets out on his final adventure to seize the prize he has coveted above all others: the fortified island called Britannia.

The Last Viking

Author : Berwick Coates
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1066. Stamford Bridge. Two armies. One kingdom. Only one will win the greatest prize - the jewel of England. England, 1066. With the death of Edward the Confessor, the future of England is hanging in the balance. Harold has been crowned king but the country he inherits is menaced by division within and enemies without. In the north, Tostig, Earl of Northumbria, has been expelled by a rebellion. He plots revenge, and threatens to invade at any time and anywhere. To the south there are rumours of William of Normandy massing a force to attack from France. And in Norway, Harald Hardrada, the greatest Viking alive, sees an opportunity in a divided kingdom. Harold will not let his country go without a fight. Charismatic, daring and resourceful, he is determined to make Hardrada the last Viking in England. And so, the bloodiest battle yet fought on English soil is about to begin…

Saint Magnus the Last Viking

Author : Susan Peek
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Historical young adult novel of Saint Magnus, An 11th century Viking prince.

The Last Viking

Author : Charles A McDonald
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During the Dark Ages, Dublin, Ireland was a Viking base and their center for the slave trade. By 905, Vikings were converting to the Christian Religion and fighting among themselves because of it. Christianity was becoming the spiritual foundation of European society and spreading across the known world. In 1014, the Pagan Norsemen were defeated in the Kingdom of Ireland at the Battle of Clontarf, and Paganism was outlawed. Wolfgang Steiner, the Bastard German son of a Viking chieftain killed in the battle, leads his men away from Ireland. Wolfgang, with no claim to his father's clan, set sail with his loyal crews for the Kingdom of Germany to outfit and repair their two ships for a long voyage. All those who followed Wolfgang were aware of the tales of Leif Eriksson and the lands south of Markland. Everyone wanted to go exploring, trading and raiding, and all had visions of filling their ships with plunder and slaves in Vinland. This is the story of that journey after leaving the Kingdom of Germany. Wolfgang is in a strange land, among strange people, where he will face the most brutal tribe in the New World, the Mohawks, whom other tribes call the "man-eaters."

The Last Viking

Author : Ron Dawson
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On the tenth anniversary of D-Day, the Aston Villains mob, a criminal gang from Birmingham, pulled off the world's greatest heist. At the cost of his own life, the last surviving member of the Villains tells his own inside story of their audacious robbery. Telling of sea crossings in the dead of night in WW2 DUKW amphibious vehicles, the destruction of a peaceful island's communication links with the outside world, the capture of its police force, shootings, horrific torture and deaths, Nazi money laundering, impetuous and divisive sex, high stakes gambles, treachery, revenge, inter-gang rivalries and the unremitting merciless powers of Her Majesty's Secret Services, this is a fast-moving story with unexpected twists and turns. But why was news of this massive and violent raid murderously suppressed by the British establishment? Why did some of the gang walk free while others had to die? And just what was Ronnie Wheeler's final deal, and why did he also have to die?

The Last Viking

Author : Bowen Stephen
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One hundred years have passed since Robert Falcon Scott's beleagured expeditionary team arrived at the South Pole, only to find that they had been beaten by the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. Amundsen counted the discovery of the Northwest Passage, in 1905, as well as the North Pole amongst his greatest achievements. In the golden age of polar exploration Amundsen, whose revolutionary approach to technology transcends polar and nautical significance, was a titan among men. However, until now, his story has rarely featured as more than a footnote to Scott's tragic failure. Reviled for defeating Scott but worshipped by his men. The Last Viking is the life of a visionary and a showman, who brought the era of Shackleton to an end, put the newly independent Norway on the map and was the twentieth century's brightest trailblazing explorer. Against the backdrop of the race to conquer the most inhospitable corners of the earth, The Last Viking stands alongside The Worst Journey in the World for its grim immediacy of heroism and hardship.

The Last Viking Queen

Author : Janelle Taylor
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He saved her life and she gave him a throne. Joined together by royal decree, the Princess Alysa and her beloved Prince Gavin share a bond of power and passion that no man can tear asunder. But when their kingdom on the enchanted isle of Britain is attacked, Alysa mounts her noble steed and joins her warrior army against the northern invaders who would divide her peaceful realm. Defiant and unafraid, Alysa battles the barbaric Norsemen-with a bold, seductive plan that will sweep her into the arms of her most dangerous enemy. . .before she can return to her land and the lover whose searing caresses will burn in her heart forevermore. . .

Last Viking Returns

Author : Norman Jorgensen
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Josh is as brave as a Viking warrior. And not much can scare a Viking. Not even bullies. But the two littlest Vikings are so fearless they think they're invincible. When Pop takes the family to Viking World, the two littlest Vikings go berserk. Josh is in for one rocky ride as he discovers just how far he'll go to keep them safe.

Ragnarok the Last Viking

Author : Robert Myles
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1348. In the frozen tundra of northernmost Norway, Alrik Olvirsson and his family live a life loyal to the Old Gods, far from their Christian persecutors. When a plague ship wrecks on the shores of his village, and the disease threatens his family, Alrik is forced out of exile and into Christendom in search of a cure. He finds a dying world on the brink of oblivion. Aided by a German doctor, a Venetian swindler, and an enigmatic monk, Alrik races to the one city mysteriously free of the Black Death: Milan. Pursued by an order of fanatical knights, into the realm of a warlord renowned for devil worship, he is dogged by omens of Ragnarok - the end of the gods, of man, and of the nine worlds.Can the cure be found?Can the end of the world be prevented?The answers lie in prophecies whispered by the ancient Norse oracles.

The Last Viking

Author : James William Jones
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An unexpected visit from their Jewish banker at the beginning of World War II alerts Wilhelm and Kristin to the horrors of the holocaust. Odin had recently appeared to Kristin, portending an upheaval in their lives; they realized this must be their next adventure. Slipping into Nazi Germany through Morocco, they forged identities that gave them access to the most powerful men in the Third Reich. They soon realized that preventing this madman from eradicating those deemed unworthy to populate the Reich was a daunting task even for Wilhelm, Th e Last Viking, and Kristin, his Valkyrie companion. As they edged ever closer to Hitler they encountered some of the most fascinating people of the twentieth century, including Hermann Göring, Joseph Goebbels, Dr. Josef Mengele, Claus von Stauff enberg, and Hitler’s filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. Along the way they would meet the king of the Roma and befriend numerous innocent Germans caught up in this the last Great War. They eventually succeed in changing the course of history, but not without great cost. This book also explains why the Russians continued to attempt to authenticate the remains of Hitler well into the 1970’s, never believing that he died in the Führerbunker.

Harald Hardrada

Author : Michael Burr
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In the dead of night, a band of Vikings ravage a lonely convent on the Brittany coast--and their fearsome leader makes a decision that will eventually lead to his downfall. Ranulf de Lannion is fifteen years old. Crippled, deformed and abandoned by his family to the charity of the convent, he is seized by the Vikings during a midnight raid. Contemptuously nicknamed The Scraeling by his captors, his future appears grim. Harald Sigurdsson, or 'Hardrada' as he will come to be known, is the leader of the Viking band. A violent mercenary with designs on the throne of Norway, Hardrada abducts The Scraeling on a whim. Ranulf grows into an invaluable asset, smoothing Hardrada's path over their thirty-five years together from mercenary to commander of the Varangian Guard, all the way to king of Norway. But all is not as it seems in the heart of Ranulf de Lannion. Having sworn secret revenge upon Hardrada for the murders at the convent, he vows to end the day of the Viking forever. When the king of Norway launches an attack against the Anglo-Saxon throne of England in 1066, what role will The Scraeling play in bringing the age of the Viking to an end?

Harald the Ruthless

Author : Andrea Hopkins
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Retells the saga, as written by Snorri Sturluson of Iceland, of the bloody conquests of a ruthless Norwegian leader whose death was brought about by King Harold of England.

The Last Viking

Author : Stephen R. Bown
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The Last Viking unravels the life of the man who stands head and shoulders above all those who raced to map the last corners of the world. In 1900, the four great geographical mysteries--the Northwest Passage, the Northeast Passage, the South Pole, and the North Pole--remained blank spots on the globe. Within twenty years Roald Amundsen would claim all four prizes. Renowned for his determination and technical skills, both feared and beloved by his men, Amundsen is a legend of the heroic age of exploration, which shortly thereafter would be tamed by technology, commerce, and publicity. Féd in his lifetime as an international celebrity, pursued by women and creditors, he died in the Arctic on a rescue mission for an inept rival explorer. Stephen R. Bown has unearthed archival material to give Amundsen's life the grim immediacy of Apsley Cherry-Garrard's The Worst Journey in the World, the exciting detail of The Endurance, and the suspense of a Jon Krakauer tale. The Last Viking is both a thrilling literary biography and a cracking good story.