796 – Death of Offa, King of Mercia
Offa rose to power in Mercia. He is best known for the dyke he built, the mints produced during his reign, his quarrel with Charlemagne, and a shady story of murdering his son-in-law. He left a legacy that crumbled very quickly after his death.
1030 – Battle of Stiklestad
Another famous battle took place at a farm near Stiklestad just north of Trondheim, Norway. Olaf II, aka Olaf the Saint, was killed. He fought an army of Norwegian peasants and Danish warriors. After being severly wounded – Snorri Sturluson claims by Thorir Hund, but this is not supported by other sagas – he was carried from the battlefield and buried somewhere along the river near Trondheim. A year later his remains were brought to St Clement’s church.