The first is Olaf Tryggvason, (Olaf I ), who was the King of Norway from 995 to 1000 A.D. He fought for the Holy Roman Emperor, Otto II, against the Danish Norse Pagans. At Jutland they defeated the forces of King Harald I of Denmark and Haakon Jarl, forcing them to be converted to Christianity. King Harald I held to his oath, but Haakon Jarl reverted back to honoring the Old Gods. After becoming the King of Norway Olaf Tryggvason traveled all over Norway and demanded that everyone be baptized and convert to Christianity.
In Heimskringla it says that he bade all men to take up Christianity and those who spoke up against it he dealt with hard: some he slew, some he maimed, and some he drove away from the land. On Easter Eve, on Agvaldsnes, in Karmt, Eyvind Kelda came to the island, for a feast, with three hundred of his heathen men. Olav took them prisoners and had them taken out and bound to an underwater skerry. The high tide drowned them all.
It also says in Heimskringla that King Olaf Tryggvason went into the heathen temple, at Naeren, with a few of his men, and when he came to the image of Thor, Olaf heaved a spike - axe and struck at Thor so that He fell from his place. The King's men leaped foward and knocked all the Gods from their places.
In the next few articles you will hear much more about his cruelty. He was finally defeated and killed at the battle of Svold.
The other infamous King was Charles the Great of France, who is better known by the name Charlemagne. Charlemagne in a series of wars tried tried to wipe out or assimilate the Pagan Kingdoms in the surrounding lands. The Saxons tried during the Saxon Wars, 772 - 804 A.D., to stay free of the Frankish Kingdom and avoid being forced into Christianity. In 780 A.D. Charlemagne decreed the death penalty for all Saxons who failed to be baptized, or cremated their dead. At the massacre of Verden he ordered the beheading of 4,500 Saxons who refused conversion to Christianity. The Saxons sacred symbol, The Irmunsul Pillar, was destroyed in 773 after he forced the Engrians to surrender.
Both of these Christian Kings are called great unifiers but to me these two Christian leaders are just as horrible as Fenrir, the Midgard Serpent or any other vile creatures written about in the Eddas. I hope they are in the charge of Hel now, suffering all the tortures that they inflicted upon our heathen brethren. They may be praised in Christian chronicles but they will be hated now and forever in the annals of Pagan history !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !