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‘A bridge over troubled waters’

Ron Ferguson considers the life and death of St Magnus of Orkney

THIS year marks the 900th anniversary of the martyrdom of St Magnus of Orkney.

So what’s the story?

In the 12th century, two earls ruled Orkney: Magnus and Haakon. They were cousins. Magnus was more popular than Haakon. He was also more peaceable. One story in the Orkneyinga Saga is particularly illuminating:

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