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THE AGE OF KINGS (working title)

Tore Skeie

  • Original Title: KONGENES TID
  • Publication date: October 2018
  • Publisher: GYLDENDAL PUBLISHER
  • Country: NO
  • 312 print pages
  • Historical

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 1st century, 2nd century
  • Location setting: Norway
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Surpassing oneself, Looking back on one's life, Search for origins, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Power, War and other conflicts, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social climbing

Pitch

A new history of Norway, written by an important young scholar of the Middle Ages. After Olav Haraldsson died, he was canonised as Saint Olav. But who was he? This is the first in an ambitious five-volume series on Norway’s great Viking and Middle Age kings.

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Translation rights sold: Denmark

Gyldendal have just ordered a fourth print run in Norway – 23.000 copies in total.

Tore Skeie is often called Norway’s most important young historian and enjoys a wide readership. His books include ALV ERLINGSSON and JOMFRUEN FRA NORGE (The Virgin from Norway, for which he was nominated for the Critics' Award in Norway).

Summary

Book 1: HVITEKRIST (working title: The Battle of the North. Ethelred, Cnut and Olaf - Struggle for Supremacy Around the North Sea in the Late Viking Age)

The first volume in the AGE OF KINGS series. Olav Haraldsson (ca. 950–1030) is the first figure we meet in this ambitious five-volume series on Norway’s great Viking and Middle Age kings. This is the new history of Norway, written by an important young scholar of the Middle Ages, Tore Skeie. After Olav Haraldsson died, he was canonised as Saint Olav. But who was he?

In this work, Tore Skeie delves into sources contemporary to Olav in order to bring the historical Olav to life, a man who diverges much from the heroic figure we know from Snorri Sturluson’s sagas. We meet a young man setting forth, arriving in Norway with outsize ambitions: a warrior king who, armed with gold and silver, sets out to conquer the land. Norway is being forged as a nation and much is at stake. Who will be the last man standing as the ruler of the realm?

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