Friday, February 27, 2004

Harald Iv

Byname �Harald Gille, or Gilchrist � king of Norway (1130 - 36), a ruthless sovereign whose feud with his fellow king Magnus IV the Blind over the Norwegian throne marked the beginning of a period of civil wars (1130 - 1240) during which the right to rule was constantly in dispute. Harald's weak character helped lay the foundation for the increasingly powerful role played by the aristocracy in the civil war

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