Scandinavia, ancient and modern; being a history of Denmark, Sweden and Borway

9781236444011: Scandinavia, ancient and modern; being a history of Denmark, Sweden and Borway

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 Excerpt: ... galleys, their unfortunate monarch threw himself, in disguise, into a small skiff, and rowing towards the ship of Hakon, requested to speak with the Jarl. On demanding his name, the fugitive answered, " Vanradr (the friendless): My life is in your power; I ask it of you as a boon." The chief immediately recognised the suppliant prince, having been formerly in his service, and indebted to him for many obligations. Accordingly he was secretly conveyed to the coast of Halland, where he found a refuge in the house of one of his own subjects, and a friend of the generous J arl. As the attachment of his people had not been impaired by this disaster, Svend reappeared soon afterwards in Zealand, and was received by the inhabitants with open arms. Preparations were made for renewing the contest, when Harald wisely determined to offer conditions of peace. A treaty was subsequently concluded between them at Konghella, on the banks of the Gotha, within the Norwegian frontier, by which the son of Estritha was expressly recognised as the rightful possessor of the Danish throne; and the boundaries of the two kingdoms were re-established as they had existed from time immemorial. Scarcely was this pacification ratified, when Svend was induced to equip a fleet destined to join the Saxons and Anglo-Danes in England, who had revolted against the Normans. The expedition, commanded by Asbiorn J arl, entered the Humber, and forming a junction with the Northumbrian insurgents, the rebels marched upon York, which they carried by assault, with a prodigious slaughter of the enemy. William began now to be apprehensive that his hard-earned conquest might be wrested from him; and addressing himselfto the avarice of Asbiorn, he succeeded in persuading him, by the gift of a l...

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