Harald II of Norway “Greycloak” Ericsson

Death 970
Nørresundby, Alborg Kommune, Nordjylland, Denmark
Burial Body lost or destroyed
Memorial ID 126969798 · View Source
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Norwegian Monarch. He reigned as King of Norway from 961 until around 970. Born about 935, his father was King Eric I Haraldsson (also known as Eric "Bloodaxe") of Norway and his mother was Gunnhild Gormsdatter, the sister of King Harald Bluetooth of Denmark. His paternal grandfather was Harald Fairhair, Norway's first king. After his father's death in 954, he and his brothers allied with their maternal grandfather, Harald Gormson, against King Haakon I "The Good" of Norway, and engaged in several battles against him, including the Battle of Rastarkalv on the island of Frei, Norway in 955 and the Battle of Fitjar, Norway in 961, in which Haakon was killed. He and his brothers then became kings of Norway but they had little authority outside of Western Norway. As the oldest, he was the most powerful of his brothers. After the Battle of Fitjar, King Harald Bluetooth traveled to Norway and declared him to be his vassal king in Norway. In an attempt to strengthen his rule, he killed many of the local rulers including Sigurd Haakonsson, Tryggve Olafsson and Gudrød Bjørnsson. He then took power over the country up to and including Halogaland, the northernmost of the Norwegian provinces and established control over the trade route along the Norwegian coast. He also undertook a Viking expedition to Bjarmaland, which is today the area of Arkhangelsk in northern Russia, and soon became less dependent on support from King Harald Bluetooth. Around 970 he was tricked into coming to Denmark and killed in harbor town of Hals in the Limfjord, in a plot planned by Haakon Sigurdsson, who had become an ally of King Harold Bluetooth. Haakon Sigurdsson had become the Earl of Lade in the eastern parts of the present-day city of Trondheim, Norway after his own father was killed by Harald Greycloak's men in 961. Harald's surviving brothers fled Norway after his death and King Harald Bluetooth won back power over Norway and supported Haakon Sigurdsson as the de facto vassal king.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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