Harald  (Norge) Sigurdsson

Harald (Norge) Sigurdsson (abt. 1015 - 1066)

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Harald (Harald III) "Hardråde" Sigurdsson formerly Norge
Born about in Ringerike, Buskerud, Norwaymap
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Husband of — married about in Kiev, Russiamap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
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Died in Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire, Englandmap
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Harald Hardrada (Old Norse: Haraldr Sigurðarson; c. 1015 – 25 September 1066) according saga tradition was the son of King Sigurd Syr of Ringerike and Åsta Gudbrandsdatter, who also was St. Olaf 's mother. Age 15 Harald fought with half brother Saint Olaf|Olaf II Haraldsson in the Battle of Stiklestad. After the battle he fled to Gardarike and on to Constantinople, where he came into the Byzantine emperor service in 1034. For several years, Harald fought for the emperor in Sicily and in Bulgaria , and eventually served as a member of the emperor's bodyguards. When he returned home to Norway, he had accumulated great wealth. On the return journey through Gardarike he married Grand Duke Jaroslav's daughter Ellisiv.

The road to the sole king and fight for Denmark

Harald Hardrada returned to Norway in 1045 and was recognized as the nephew Magnus the Good co-regent toward sharing their silver and gold treasures with him. When Magnus died in 1047, Harald was sole king.

For years he fought against Svend Estridssøn for supremacy over Denmark. According to the Danish Roskilde Chronicle, Magnus, in 1038 signed an agreement with Svends predecessor, Hard Knut , that the survivor of them, would inherit the first deceased riches. Hard Knut died in 1042, and both Magnus and his uncle Harald Hardrada fought the following years to gain mastery in Denmark. These battles ravaged and burned the trading hub city of Hedeby, located in the far south of the Danish king's realm. But Harald eventually recognized Svend as Denmark's king in 1064.

Concerning religious affairs, Harald refused to receive directives from Archbishop Adalbert of Hamburg-Bremen. He was Svends ally and let the Norwegian bishops receive consecration in England and France .

Harald Hardrada and Oslo

Harald Hardrada at the Battle of Stamford Bridge. From "The Life of King Edward the Confessor" by Matthew Paris, 1200s. Battle of Stamford Bridge by Matthew Paris. In the public domain (Public domain) According to Snorre shall Harald founding Oslo . Dense buildings in Oslo is indeed older, but Harald may have contributed to urban development with the construction of a royal residence and churches. He attended church in Oslo and Trondheim. First with King Harald was unification consummated; the rebellious Uplanders was brought into submission, and trønder chief Einar Thambarskelfir was cleared away. Orkney and Shetland ( Shetland ) was tied to the Norwegian monarchy.

In 1066 King Harald sailed with a skipshær to England, according saga tradition at the request of the English earl of Northumberland Tostig Godwinsson, brother of the Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinsson. September 25 the same year fell Harald in the battle of Stamford Bridge . His two sons Tora Torbergsdatter , Magnus and Olaf (Kyrre) took over royal power in Norway.


Harald III Hardrade, King of NorwaY b. 1015, d. 1066 Harald III Hardrade, King of Norway was born in 1015. His father wasSigurd Syr, King of Ringeringe and mother only known as Asta. He married, firstly, Thora Thorsdottir, daughter of Thorberg (?), before 1045. He married, secondly, Jatoslawa of Novgorod, daughter of Jarislaus I, Grand Duke of Kiev and Ingegarde of Sweden, in 1045.1 He died in 1066 at Stamfordbridge killed in action. His accession to the title of King Harald III of Norway was1047. Children of Harald III Hardrade, King of Norway and Jatoslawa of Novgorod Maria (?) d. 1066 Ingegard (?)+1 unknown Magnus II Haraldsson, King of Norway+2 b. 1049, d. 1069 Olav III Haraldsson, King of Norway+2 b. 1050, d. c 1093 Citations [S16] Jirí Louda and Michael MacLagan, Lines of Succession: Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe, 2nd edition (London, U.K.: Little, Brown and Company, 1999), table 16. Hereinafter cited as Lines of Succession. [S16] Louda and MacLagan, Lines of Succession, table 24. http://www.thepeerage.com/p11287.htm#i112863

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Name: Harald III Hardrada /of NORWAY/
Source: #S994


Occupation: King of Norway


King of Norway in 1045 (Harold III)[1] Parents Son of Sigurd Sow HALFDANSSON. Son of Astrid DE UPLANDS.

Married Thora Thorbergesdottir DE ARNMODLING.

Birth of daughter Ragnhilde DE NORWAY.[2] He founded Oslo in 10, and defeated Svend II Estridsen King of Denmark at Nissa in 1062. They made peace at Gota in 1064. He claimed the throne of England after Edward "the Confessor" King of England died, landed in Scotland and joined with Tostig Godwinsson, brother of Harold II King of England. After victory over the Northumbrians at Gate Fulford near York 20 Sep 1066, they were defeated by King Harold's forces at Stamford Bridge 25 Sep 1066.


Name: Harald III Sigurdsson /of NORWAY/
Source: #S994 .


Birth: 1015 Buskerud, Buskerud, Norway
Source: #S48
Death: 25 Sep 1066 Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire, England
Burial: Elgesæter kloster, Trondheim


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On 4 Jan 2013 Gordon Lokken wrote:

Killed in the battle of Stanmford Bridge, England

On 4 Jan 2013 Gordon Lokken wrote:

Wounded at Stiklestad at 15 years old

Went to Constantinople-Empress Zoe the Great Africa Sicily Jerusalem Russia- married his first wife

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On 25 Jul 2016 at 11:10 GMT RJ Horace wrote:

I think his surnames are the wrong way round.

On 28 Apr 2015 at 17:03 GMT William Lindsay wrote:

I have read in Wikipedia and other sources that when Harald was quite young, he served with the elite Varangian Guard in the service of the Emperor in Constantinople. He became a noted warrior and rich.

Unfortunately, he was in prison for a short time due to " some financial irregularity " as what it is called today.

Angus Lindsay


On 8 Jul 2014 at 01:36 GMT Gordon Lokken wrote:

Norge was not his last name at birth.

Norge means, of Norway.

On 2 Nov 2013 at 19:33 GMT Sheri (Petersen) Sturm wrote:

On 1 Mar 2011 at 19:34 GMT Krissi (Hubbard) Love wrote:

Known as "Hardrada" and "The Severe".

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