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Viking Saga (Novel) by Mark Coakley - FREE

Viking Saga (Novel) by Mark Coakley - FREE

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Viking Saga is a pulse-pounding literary historical thriller, set in 793 AD, when Norway was ruled by many small kingdoms and folk still worshipped the old gods. Halfdan the Black -- a young fighter and beer-soaked poet, with a Norse father and African mother -- vows revenge for the killing of his king. Halfdan's fate leads him through actual historical events, such as the raid on England's Lindisfarne nunnery and the first Norse contacts with Christianity. This spare, cunningly ironic novel is set against a brutal backdrop of life in the "Dark Ages", and features violent action, a unique love-story, odd twists, cool humour, primitive poems and more. Well-researched and fast-moving, Viking Saga follows Halfdan the Black as he battles, boozes and rhymes his way to revenge, love, wisdom ... and becoming the first king of a unified Norway.
Viking Saga is a pulse-pounding literary historical thriller, set in 793 AD, when Norway was ruled by many small kingdoms and folk still worshipped the old gods. Halfdan the Black -- a young fighter and beer-soaked poet, with a Norse father and African mother -- vows revenge for the killing of his king. Halfdan's fate leads him through actual historical events, such as the raid on England's Lindisfarne nunnery and the first Norse contacts with Christianity. This spare, cunningly ironic novel is set against a brutal backdrop of life in the "Dark Ages", and features violent action, a unique love-story, odd twists, cool humour, primitive poems and more. Well-researched and fast-moving, Viking Saga follows Halfdan the Black as he battles, boozes and rhymes his way to revenge, love, wisdom ... and becoming the first king of a unified Norway.

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VIKING SAGA
Translated By Mark Coakley70,000 wordsCopyright 2009: "Free, non-commercial use only."*www.scribd.com/markcoakley"Halfdan Black" on Facebook email:
markcoakley(AT)bell(DOT)net 
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Translator's NoteWritten in Old Norse by an unknown Icelandic author in the 14th century,
VikingSaga
describes events that supposedly occurred many centuries earlier, starting in the year 792. Although many of the events described in
Viking Saga
are mentioned in other  Norse sagas (i.e. Snorri Sturulson's
Lives of the Kings of Norway
 ) or have beenconfirmed by archaeology, there persists an academic debate as to how much, if any, of 
Viking Saga
is historical fact. The debate began in 1837, when Professor Bethel of Oxford first translated 
Viking Saga
into English, making it accessible to a world-wideaudience for the first time. In the opinion of this translator,
Viking Saga
accuratelyreflects Norway's earliest history, though certain elements (i.e. scenes dealing withmagic and the supernatural) are probably fictional. Regardless, most readers are lessinterested in its historical precision than its old-fashioned literary value. In that respect, there is simply no debate.
Viking Saga
is an astonishing and 
great
work of art, crammed with exciting scenes and descriptions of lyrical beauty, along with flashes of authentic folk-wisdom and exquisite comedy. Although not as famous as the so-called "classic" sagas (such as
 Njal's Saga,
 
Egil's Saga
and 
The Saga of the Volsungs),Viking Saga
is an outstanding example of medieval story-telling. It is my personal  favourite, and deserves a much wider audience. I am honoured to translate this work for contemporary readers; the last Englishtranslation was made back in 1933, by Professor Winsome of the University of Los Angeles. Now it is time to introduce Halfdan the Black and his world to a new generation. I would like to thank the publishers, and my secretary, and of course my family, for their patience during the lengthy process of translation.Mark H. CoakleyUniversity of Toronto, 2010
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