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19 October 2022

Victory without Battle and Warriors Disguised as Merchants: Olaf the Saint`s Deception at Saudungssund

Kwartalnik Historyczny
Victory without Battle and Warriors Disguised as Merchants: Olaf the Saint`s Deception at Saudungssund

The subject of the article is the story of the skirmish between St Olaf and Jarl Hákon Eriksson at Saudungssund (c. 1015) as recorded in Theodoricus Monachus’ Chronicle and the royal sagas. The comparative analysis highlights three aspects of the encounter: its bloodless nature, the deceit of stopping the ships with stretched ropes, and above all, the deception of Hákon by Olaf’s people posing as merchants.

Source: Rutkowski R. (2021) Victory without Battle and Warriors Disguised as Merchants: Olaf the Saint’s Deception at Saudungssund. Kwartalnik Historyczny. №CXXVIII. 4: 873-898

Source web-site: http://www.kh-ihpan.edu.pl/images/KH2021-4/01_Rutkowski.pdf

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