Stiklestad, Battle of 1030

THE BATTLE OF STIKLESTAD

29th July 1030

SUMMARY

This was a battle fought between the forces of Olaf Haraldsson and a peasant army of men loyal to Cnut

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BACKGROUND

The Norwegian Olaf Haraldsson had been displaced and forced to flee following the battle of Helgea in 1026. In 1030, following the death of regent Hakon, Olaf returned to retake Norway.

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LOCATION

Stiklestad, Norway

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HARALDSSON’S FORCE

Led by
Olaf Haraldsson

Supported by
Dag Ringsson
Harald Hardrada

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CNUT’S FORCE

Led by
Kalfr Arnason

Supported by
Thorir Hund
Harik of Tjotta

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RESULT

Decisive victory for the peasant army loyal to Cnut. Olaf Haraldsson was killed in the battle.

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CONSEQUENCE

Cnut kept control of Sweden. His son Swein became regent but his rule was not popular and Olaf’s son, Magnus was invited to be King by the people.

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