Leitingin eftir Sjúrði Jorsalafara
Sjúrður Jorsalafari (Sigurd the Crusader) was the first European king to enlist in the Crusades.
The stories about his fearlessness and numerous victories have made him one of the greatest heroic figures in Norwegian history.
In 1108, at eighteen years old, he led 60 ships from Bergen on their way to Jerusalem.
Øystein Morten has travelled in Sjúrður’s footsteps, in search of a more accurate picture of the king.
The story begins at the Royal Mausoleum in Akershus Fortress, where Sjúrður’s skull is retrieved. Can modern forensics change history? May we get a better idea of his personality?
Øystein Morten tries to reconstruct the paths Sjúrður Jorsalafari took and the battles he fought. One of the most spectacular of which occurred in a mountain cave on the Spanish island of Formentera, where the author climbs among the cracks and cliffs to understand how Sjúrður could overcome the enemy, a hundred meters above sea level, using ships.
Three years after he left Bergen, Sjúrður Jorsalafari returns home, but all the ships are gone, and the king himself – has he gone mad?
Øystein Morten brings the Norwegian and foreign sources about Sjúrður to life, putting them into a whole new context.
This is storytelling at its most exciting!
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