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Historic Investigation

Using  historic documents to research the past can be a daunting task. Old maps, complex plans and Latin text!

Brian Wilkinson spent time with primary and secondary school pupils helping them to explore these wonderful resources.

One example of an historic document relating directly to our isthmus, which has fired the imagination of the young people, has been the Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar (The Saga of Haakon Haakonarson), which tells the story of the life and reign of King Haakon Haakonarson of Norway.

The saga was written by the Icelandic historian and chieftain Sturla Þórðarson, in the 1260s. It is said that Sturla was at the court of Haakon's son Magnus when King Haakon died. It is suggested that Magnes commissioned Sturla to write his father's saga to celebrate his life. The Norwegian account of Haco's expedition against Scotland, A.D. MCCLXIII can be downloaded here.



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