King Haralds Saga

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King Haralds Saga
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To be a leader or a king during the time period that King Harold was around was much different then being a king nowadays. To be a king or a leader back in King Haralds time period was all about having power and control, some also has to do with reputation and sometimes even ancestry. In the medieval periods being a king was all about your army, strategy plan and pure gruesomeness. King Harald earned such high power by first taking over many of the cities around him. With his Varangian army and his scheming army tactics he took over nearby villages and struck fear in the eyes of his opponents. After King Haralds conquest of the three villages Sicily the King and his army had a know reputation of power. After theses conquering’s the King was also very wealthy and full of riches, wherever he went he found treasures and gold which all added up to almost an endless supply of wealth. Having power and wealth back in King Haralds time was basically all you needed to be a powerful King and ruler. After the Kings return to his homeland in Constantinople, King Harald wanted to further his power and riches. He then set forward to go to the Holy Land of Jerusalem to conquer more villages throughout Palestine. With King Haralds now known ruthless reputation in battle, it was said, “wherever he went in Palestine, all the towns and castles were surrendered to him” (59). This just shows how King Harold and his army had already worked there way up to such great power. King Harald first gained his political power after the Battle of Stikelsted. Haralds half-brother was King Olaf the Saint, they both fought side by side during the Battle of Stikelsted. During the battle his half brother Olaf was killed and Harold was also injured but managed to escape from the battlefield. During the escape he was helped by Rognvald Brusason and brought into Russia where he first met King Jaroslav. Jaroslav gave Harold the position of commander of his defense

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