Stephen Harding, New York Times bestselling author and editor of Military History magazine has provided an endorsement for this book.The book will appeal to fans of the TV series Vikings. According to Nielsen, the series premiere drew six million viewers in the US, topping all broadcast networks among viewers aged 18 to 49. A sequel series, titled Vikings: Valhalla, is currently in development for Netflix and the BBC/Netflix series The Last Kingdom has also increased interest in this period of history.There will be opportunities throughout the year to promote The Last Viking at popular annual events, such as Vikings Fest, the largest Viking Festival in Europe, which attracts over 50,000 visitors each year, and VikingsCon, the only dedicated fan convention in the USA. Viking re-enactments take place annually across the globe and Don Hollway is well-established and connected in this world.Don Hollway is an author, illustrator, and historian. He is also a classical rapier fencer and historical re-enactor. His articles on aviation, history and re-enacting have appeared in magazines including Aviation History, History Magazine, Military Heritage, Military History, Wild West, World War II, Muzzleloader, Renaissance Magazine and Scientific American. His work is also available at www.donhollway.com.The Last Viking reads like the sagas on which it is based. It's Beowulf on steroids, laced with purple prose...This book is great fun. - Gerard DeGroot, The Times Harald Sigurdsson burst into history as a teenaged youth in a Viking battle from which he escaped with little more than his life and a thirst for vengeance. But from these humble origins, he became one of Norway's most legendary kings. The Last Viking is a fast-moving narrative account of the life of King Harald Hardrada, as he journeyed across the medieval world, from the frozen wastelands of the North to the glittering towers of Byzantium and the passions of the Holy Land, until his warrior death on the battlefield in England. Combining Norse sagas, Byzantine accounts, Anglo-Saxon chronicles, and even King Harald's own verse and prose into a single, compelling story, Don Hollway vividly depicts the violence and spectacle of the late Viking era and delves into the dramatic events that brought an end to almost three centuries of Norse conquest and expansion.A rich and compelling account of the life of King Harald Hardrada of Norway, one of the greatest Viking warriors to have ever lived.Maps List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction Part One I. Seven Feet of English Ground II. Eye of God III. Exile IV. Kievan Rus V. Miklagard Part Two VI. Varangian VII. Command VIII. Holy Land IX. Sicily X. Uprising XI. The Burner of Bulgars XII. Reign of Terror XIII. Revolution XIV. Blinding XV. Power XVI. Lover XVII. Downfall XVIII. War XIX. Escape from Byzantium Part Three XX. Prince of the Rus XXI. Denmark XXII. Treachery XXIII. Kings of the North XXIV. Thunderbolt of the North XXV. Dragon Ships XXVI. Hard Ruler XXVII. The Battle of the Nisa XXVIII. Sweden XXIX. England Part Four XXX. Stamford Bridge Epilogue: The Last Viking A Note on Sources Bibliography IndexThe Last Viking reads like the sagas on which it is based. It's Beowulf on steroids, laced with purple prose...This book is great fun.[Don Hollway's] book is great fun ... I enjoyed very much reading it.Riveting! Open this book and be prepared to see it through to the end. Fascinating and thoroughly engaging!Don Hollway not only knows the history, he also knows how to tell a great story. The Last Viking is a masterful and pulse-pounding narrative that transports the reader into the middle of the action. Hollway weaves together multiple original sources, and he clearly has a deep understanding of the period. He gives us a convincing and detailed story of this fascinating Viking king.The story pulls you in, and doesn't let go.This is a lively and fun retelling of the story of Harald Hardrada, the famous Norwegian king. There is, without doubt, no greater symbol of an 11th-century warrior-adventurer.Don Hollway is that rarest of treasures - a nonacademic whose command of the source material and commitment to uncompromising scholarship rivals any PhD. Writing with a pop journalist's flair for story, The Last Viking is a brilliant look at the little known story of one of history's most fascinating warriors, told with the pacing and dramatic flair of the best investigative pieces in Rolling Stone. It's history at its absolute best.Hollway is a master storyteller, weaving together Hardrada's life into a biography that you can't put down. His writing draws you in and keeps you coming back for more. The Last Viking reads more like an adventure novel than a historical biography. From beginning to end it is an engrossing and captivating biography that you won't put down! Whether you're a seasoned historian, a newcomer or somewhere in between The Last Viking will make an excellent addition to your library.[A] riveting story... this isn't just a book for military history buffs. If you love Frans Bengtsson's picaresque masterpiece, 'The Long Ships,' Robert Graves's intrigue-suffused 'I, Claudius,' or heroic fantasy in the mold of Robert E. Howard, George R.R. Martin and Howard Andrew Jones, you owe it to yourself to pick up "The Last Viking." It's that exciting, that good.Don Hollway tells this astonishing story with immediacy and verve, making use of an enormous breadth of sources ... An engaging and unexpected read.
Don Hollway is an author, illustrator, and historian. His first book, The Last Viking, is a gripping history of King Harald Hardrada which was acclaimed by bestselling author Stephen Harding and by Carl Gnam of Military Heritage magazine. He is also a classical rapier fencer and historical re-enactor. He has published articles in History Magazine, Military Heritage, Military History, Wild West, World War II, Muzzleloader, Renaissance Magazine and Scientific American. His work is also available at www.donhollway.com. He lives in Dallastown, PA.