Book review: The Tale of King Harald by Thomas J.T. Williams and Gilli Allan
review by Becky
This is an illustrated adventure telling the story of King Harald Sigurdsson, the last king of the Vikings. 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, recongition 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.
Available on Amazon.com: The Tale of King Harald: The Last Viking Adventure
A very pleasant retelling of a world famous Viking warrior with some beautiful illustrations and some fascinating facts and illustrations of artefacts to further enhance the story. Perfect for young boys.
Want to adventure throught the lands of the Vikings? The height of the Vikings is an amazing period of time and there is a lot of great fiction that is based on historical facts from that period and place. Rebecca Wilson has written a guide to the genre and to some of the best works in the genre.
If you are fascinated by the subject of Vikings you should check out her blog at: http://www.soulchaserbecky.blogspot.com/
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