The battle enters its final stage and it will be a bloody affair. There is no love lost between the Saxons and the Vikings. This will be their greatest victory over their ancient enemies.
The battles recommences and the Saxons push to finish the conflict. Coenred spies a chance not only to destroy the enemy's resolve, but also to free Mildryth of the shadow that had fallen over her of late. If he succeeds then he will also exact some revenge on her part too.
The Battle of Stamford Bridge fell into two halves. After the death of King Hardrada, Tostig Godwinson took command of the Viking forces.
The time for talking is over, now comes the time for fighting. Although Harald Hardrada has been caught unawares by King Harold of England, he still holds a commanding position on top of a hill.
At last, the Saxons come face to face with the the invading Vikings. Amongst their ranks are veterans from the Battle of Fulford Gate, led by Coenred, and they are hungry for blood.
It is a matter of historical debate whether or not a giant Viking held the bridge at Stamford against the Saxon army, but for an author, it is too exciting an episode not to include.
The Saxon army closes on the Vikings at Stamford Bridge. King Harold prepares his men with a speech designed to fire their blood for revenge. The defeat at Fulford Gate is inspiration enough.
The City of York is free, but the battles has not been won yet. Even as the people cheer the king and his army, they wave goodbye to many of their men as well. Mildryth is one of those women.
In blissful ignorance Harald Hardrada, King of Norway, enjoys a march through the countryside of England as he leads his men to Stamford Bridge, the location allocated for the receiving of hostages and victuals from the people of York. Tostig Godwinson accompanies him, but he is less than happy to see that the bulk of their forces have left their heavy armour in Riccall.
Young Prince Olaf and old Eystein Orre discuss the nature of the changing world. Neither they nor King Hardrada, who is on his way to Stamford Bridge, have any understanding of how drastically their world is about to change in the very near future.