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English professor given highest Norwegian knighthood. Norway’s King Harald V has bestowed the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit on a Viking expert from Wallasey, Merseyside. Professor Stephen Harding received the rand Knight of the First Class award of Den Kongelige Norske Fortjensteorden for his “outstanding work in spreading knowledge of the Vikings in England.” This merit is the highest reward for a person in Norway. The professor is said to be delighted.

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English professor given highest Norwegian knighthood

Published on Thursday, 19th January, 2012 at 14:41 under the news category, by John Price   .

Norway’s King Harald V has bestowed the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit on a Viking expert from Wallasey, Merseyside.

Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit
Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit
Photo: Ordinarie/Wikimedia Commons


Professor Stephen Harding received the rand Knight of the First Class award of Den Kongelige Norske Fortjensteorden for his “outstanding work in spreading knowledge of the Vikings in England.”

This merit is the highest reward for a person in Norway. The professor is said to be delighted.

“It’s not just an honour for me but the whole of the area. It represents the help of many people over the years and I’m extremely grateful for that,” reports The Wirral News.

Professor Harding has been working as a scientific advisor at University of Nottingham Centre for the Study of the Viking Age for almost three decades, but has always had raised awareness of Viking links in Wirral and West Lancashire.

His interests in this field began during his childhood when his grandfather taught him about the Viking origins in Thingwall, Wirral. In 2007, he discovered 50% of the male population in the Merseyside region, including Liverpool, have Norse ancestry, which attracted media interest from The Guardian.

The Professor says the Royal recognition “shows the deep affection Norwegians have for us.”



Published on Thursday, 19th January, 2012 at 14:41 under the news category, by John Price   .

This post has the following tags: professorstephenharding, royalnorwegianorderofmeritknigthood, denkongeligenorskefortjensteorden, kingharaldofnorway.





  
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