Hararld Hardrada, the last great Viking.
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Harald was born 1015 in Ringerinke, Norway. He went off to fight with his halfbrother Olaf, the king of Norway, in the battle of Stiklestad.
Harald could't not stay in Norway after the defeat of Stiklestad and put himself into exile.
Olaf died in the battle of Stiklestad against Canute on 29th of July 1030. Olaf's son Magnus 1st became king of Norway.
Harald joined the Byzantine Emperor Michael IV and fought against the Arabs. Harald and the Varangian Guard freed Sicily from the Saracens. Harald was defeated at the battles of Olivento and Montemaggiore. 1047 Magnus I. died leaving Harald sole ruler of Norway.
Battle of Nisa – a naval battle between Harald Hardrada andSweyn Estrithson (Denmark). Harald won the battle but most Danes escaped.Harald and Sweyn reached a peace agreement.
In 1066 Harald Hardrada went to England to fight to become king of England and He took the city of York.
The following day Harald's army was attacked on Stamford Bridge. One of Harald's large axemen stopped the English from crossing the bridge, after an hour of fighting the axeman was killed by the English letting them through to Harald. Harald's army had no chance against the English, one of the archers had hit Harald in the head with a arrow killing him and caused the Viking age to end.
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