Sunday, 13 September 2009

Characters in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Series: Hakon and AElfthryth



Ælfthryth, also known as Elfrida, (died 929), was the last child of Alfred the Great, the Saxon King of England and his wife Ealhswith. She had four or five siblings, including King Edward the Elder and Ethelfleda.
Ælfthryth married Baldwin II (d. 918), Count of Flanders.

Family
They had the following issue:
Arnulf I of Flanders (c. 890–964), married Adela of Vermandois
Adalulf (c. 890–933), Count of Boulogne Ealswid Ermentrud









Hakon Crowned Prince of Norway





Håkan is a common Swedish given name. It has a common origin with the Norwegian given name Haakon (Håkon) in the Old Norse Hákon. The meaning of the name is disputed but a possible meaning is "high son" from Old Norse há- (Proto-Norse hauha-) (high) and konr (kin).
On Swedish runestones the name is usually written Hakun and in medieval documents usually Haquon or in the Latinised versions Haqvin/Haqvinus. From the 1500s and onwards the name is usually written Håkan.
In Old East Slavic the name was written Yakun (Cyrillic: Якун). For example the Primary Chronicle mentions the Varangian leader Yakun that arrived in Kievan Rus' in the year 1024 and fought in the Battle of Listven. The name never became popular as a Slavic name but at least two high rank Novgorod officials had the name: the posadnik Yakun Andreevich (Cyrillic: Якун Андреевич) (mentioned 1167) and the tysyatsky Yakun Namnezhich (Cyrillic: Якун Намнежич) (mentioned 1214).



Hakan is a common Turkish forename. Hakan was used as a title for rulers of Turkish states which were in Hakandom form, in history. The word is produced by using two other Turkish titles for rulers: Han (Khan) and Kağan (Khagan). Therefore by concatenating Han and Kağan, a new title which is higher then Kağan is achieved: Han Kağan. It is transformed into Hakan in time. It connotes the meaning of "King of Kings" in terms of western culture, remembering Kağan (Khagan) is a similar title with King. Consequently Hakan means or similar to Emperor in western understanding

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