Scenes from the Life of Saint Olaf, Altar, Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway
Painted in the first half of the 14th century.


Source: Britt-Arnhild's House in the Woods

The dream of OlavOlav is declared a saint after being exhumed
Olav hands out pieces of silver before the battleClick for a larger image of the Battle of Stiklestad.
Click for a larger image of the altar with the scenes from the Life of Saint Olaf, Trondheim Cathedral, Norway.
St. Olav
Born in the year of 995, Olav went on a long and dangerous Viking raid at the age of 12. Through his violent plundering and battles, Olav created mayhem in England, France and several other European countries.

Raiding in Europe, Olav became familiar with Christianity and was baptized in France in 1014. While brutally trying to Christianize and unify the Norwegian population, King Olav made many powerful enemies. As a result Olav was killed in the battle of Stiklestad, which is one of the most well-known battles in Norwegian history. His body was brought to Trondheim and he was buried on the shore of the river Nid. One year later, miraculous and inexplicable things happened to the King’s grave, and Olav was declared a Saint.

Nidaros Cathedral is built over the burial site of. St Olav – the Norwegian Viking King who became patron saint of Norway.
Source: Nidarosdomen & Erkebispegården


See also Swedish Knights on wall paintings from the Church at Södra Råda in Sweden, 1323AD
Illuminations from the collection of Icelandic sagas, the Flateyjarbók, 14th century
Other Illustrations of Scandinavian Costume and Soldiers
Other 14th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers