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Queen Margrethe receives special edition of historical book


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During a small ceremony at Amalienborg Palace, Queen Margrethe received a copy of the brand new translation of “Flatøyboka.”

Flatøyboka is an Icelandic manuscript written at the time Iceland was part of the Kingdom of Norway. The book tells about the old Norwegian Viking kings and is an essential source of knowledge regarding the royal families from that time. Until now, the book has only been translated into an older variant of Norwegian, which today is foreign to most people.

The original Flatøyboka is currently preserved in the National Archives of Iceland and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

During the ceremony at Amalienborg Palace, the Danish Queen had the last volume in the book series presented to her with the old manuscript translated into modern Norwegian. This makes it easy to read also for anyone who knows Icelandic, Danish or Swedish. The sixth volume in the book series was given to the Queen by Bård Titlestad, who has led the international team that has worked on the translation.

A true royal book series, Flatøyboka is about Norway’s ancient kings. However, modern royals have participated in the new release. When the first volume of the book series was published in 2015, the preface was written by Queen Margrethe, and King Harald of Norway has also written a text that was published in one of the books.

Queen Margrethe has always been very interested in history and archaeology; she studied archaeology during her university studies and knows what the subject also entails on a professional level. A large part of Denmark and the other Nordic kingdoms’ history is associated with the Viking Age. Mainly the most spectacular stories about the Vikings are centred around Norway, but now stories are also available to a Danish audience.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.