01:00 Елизавета Ярославна
03:22 1000 year old frescos!
06:21 Ice swim
07:20 Viking Route to Constantinople
09:01 Frozen Laundry
09:18 Exploring Around Town
10:18 Forgotten Soldier’s Flame
10:56 World War II Tank Museum
13:19 World War II Museum
14:50 Communist Art
15:35 LIT UP STATUE IN BLIZZARD
16:08 View From Church Tower
18:19 Bus ride
19:38 TANK GRAVEYARD GYM
20:24 -18 C
22:00 Buying socks
22:58 Christmas Around Town
The Viking age lasted roughly 300 years. From the first recorded raid on an English monastery on Lindisfarne in 793 A.D. to 1066, when Norway’s greatest King Harald III (aged 50!) died in berzerkergang (fighting bare-chested without armor and shield with an axe in each hand) from an arrow to his skull in an attempt to conquer England. A few months later another Viking, today known as William the Conquerer (actually related to Harald III) succeeded in taking England.
The Vikings raided and fought all over Europe. Often in the service of Norwegian Kings or as mercenaries for other European rulers. The Roman Emperor had his own Viking army known as the Varangian guard in Constantinople.
It was whilst being the leader of the Varangian guard that Harald Hardråde (later called Harald III of Norway and founder of Oslo) eventually amassed such wealth that he was able to successfully court the 2nd oldest daughter of one of contemporary Europe’s most powerful rulers: Yaroslav The Wise. They married and returned to Norway where they founded what is today the capital of Norway, Oslo.
So who was this last Viking Queen of Norway? That’s the story I investigate whilst exploring Kiev, the city she grew up in, before ascending to the Norwegian throne.
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For more Viking history I highly recommend watching History channel’s TV show; ‘Vikings’. It’s actually quite accurate in terms of the historical events they depict. Ragnar Lothbrok was indeed a Norwegian Viking King and Lagertha was a female warrior ruler. The woman who plays Lagertha in the TV show is actually a Canadian but with Ukrainian ancestry; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katheryn_Winnick
Here’s a link to more info about the greatest Viking series ever made: http://www.history.com/shows/vikings
For more tangible Viking history if you for some reason find yourself in Norway’s capital Oslo, a visit to see one of the few surviving Viking ships is a must. It’s located at what’s known as Vikingskipshuset on an island called Bygdoy. More information in English here: http://www.khm.uio.no/english/visit-us/viking-ship-museum/
Gunnar Olsen – Cold Rise
Harald Hardråde Mural:
Amon Amarth – Pursuit of Vikings
Organ Music I recorded live in Kiev at a concert @ National Organ & Chamber Music Hall of Ukraine. Orthodox churches in Kiev do NOT have organ music playing and I added it for atmospheric effect.
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