Feud in the Icelandic Saga Book

Feud in the Icelandic Saga

  • Author : Jesse L. Byock
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 1993-03-09
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN 10 : 0520082591

Feud in the Icelandic Saga Book Description :

Byock sees the crucial element in the origin of the Icelandic sagas not as the introduction of writing or the impact of literary borrowings from the continent but the subject of the tales themselves - feud. This simple thesis is developed into a thorough examination of Icelandic society and feud, and of the narrative technique of recounting it.

Bloodtaking and Peacemaking Book

Bloodtaking and Peacemaking

  • Author : William Ian Miller
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2009-05-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 415
  • ISBN 10 : 0226526828

Bloodtaking and Peacemaking Book Description :

Dubbed by the New York Times as "one of the most sought-after legal academics in the county," William Ian Miller presents the arcane worlds of the Old Norse studies in a way sure to attract the interest of a wide range of readers. Bloodtaking and Peacemaking delves beneath the chaos and brutality of the Norse world to discover a complex interplay of ordering and disordering impulses. Miller's unique and engaging readings of ancient Iceland's sagas and extensive legal code reconstruct and illuminate the society that produced them. People in the saga world negotiated a maze of violent possibility, with strategies that frequently put life and limb in the balance. But there was a paradox in striking the balance—one could not get even without going one better. Miller shows how blood vengeance, law, and peacemaking were inextricably bound together in the feuding process. This book offers fascinating insights into the politics of a stateless society, its methods of social control, and the role that a uniquely sophisticated and self-conscious law played in the construction of Icelandic society. "Illuminating."—Rory McTurk, Times Literary Supplement "An impressive achievement in ethnohistory; it is an amalgam of historical research with legal and anthropological interpretation. What is more, and rarer, is that it is a pleasure to read due to the inclusion of narrative case material from the sagas themselves."—Dan Bauer, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

Medieval Iceland Book

Medieval Iceland

  • Author : Jesse L. Byock
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 1990-02-07
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 0520069544

Medieval Iceland Book Description :

Gift of Joan Wall. Includes index. Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-248) and index. * glr 20090610.

Viking Age Iceland Book
Score: 4.5
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Viking Age Iceland

  • Author : Jesse L Byock
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2001-02-22
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9780141937656

Viking Age Iceland Book Description :

Medieval Iceland was unique amongst Western Europe, with no foreign policy, no defence forces, no king, no lords, no peasants and few battles. It should have been a utopia yet its literature is dominated by brutality and killing. The reasons for this, argues Jesse Byock, lie in the underlying structures and cultural codes of the islands' social order. 'Viking Age Iceland' is an engaging, multi-disciplinary work bringing together findings in anthropology and ethnography interwoven with historical fact and masterful insights into the popular Icelandic sagas, this is a brilliant reconstruction of the inner workings of a unique and intriguing society.

Viking Language 2 Book

Viking Language 2

  • Author : Jesse L. Byock
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2014-10-01
  • Genre: Foreign Language Study
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 1481175262

Viking Language 2 Book Description :

Viking Language 2: The Old Norse Reader immerses the learner in the legends, folklore, and myths of the Vikings. The readings are drawn from sagas, runes and eddas. They take the student into the world of Old Norse heroes, gods, and goddesses. There is a separate chapter on the 'Creation of the World' and another on 'The Battle at the World's End,' where the gods meet their doom. Other readings and maps focus on Viking Age Iceland, Greenland, and Vínland. A series of chapters tackles eddic and skaldic verse with their ancient stories from the old Scandinavian past. Runic inscriptions and explanations of how to read runes form a major component of the book. Where there are exercises, the answers are given at the end of the chapter. Both Viking Language 1 and 2 are structured as workbooks. Students learns quickly and interactively. More information on our website: vikinglanguage.com

The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas Book

The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas

  • Author : Ármann Jakobsson
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2017-02-17
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 364
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317041474

The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas Book Description :

The last fifty years have seen a significant change in the focus of saga studies, from a preoccupation with origins and development to a renewed interest in other topics, such as the nature of the sagas and their value as sources to medieval ideologies and mentalities. The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas presents a detailed interdisciplinary examination of saga scholarship over the last fifty years, sometimes juxtaposing it with earlier views and examining the sagas both as works of art and as source materials. This volume will be of interest to Old Norse and medieval Scandinavian scholars and accessible to medievalists in general.

The Conflict of Law and Justice in the Icelandic Sagas Book

The Conflict of Law and Justice in the Icelandic Sagas

  • Author : William Pencak
  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 178
  • ISBN 10 : 9051838352

The Conflict of Law and Justice in the Icelandic Sagas Book Description :

The world's longest lasting republic between ancient Rome and modern Switzerland, medieval Iceland (c. 870-1262) centered its national literature, the great family sagas, around the problem of can a republic survive and do justice to its inhabitants. The Conflict of Law and Justice in the Icelandic Sagas takes a semiotic approach to six of the major sagas which depict a nation of free men, abetted by formidable women, testing conflicting legal codes and principles - pagan v. Christian, vengeance v. compromise, monarchy v. republicanism, courts v. arbitration. The sagas emerge as a body of great literature embodying profound reflections on political and legal philosophy because they do not offer simple solutions, but demonstrate the tragic choices facing legal thinkers (Njal), warriors (Gunnar), outlaws (Grettir), women (Gudrun of Laxdaela Saga), priests (Snorri of Eyrbyggja Saga), and the Icelandic community in its quest for stability and a good society. Guest forewords by Robert Ginsberg and Roberta Kevelson, set the book in the contexts of philosophy, semiotics, and Icelandic studies to which it contributes.

The Growth of the Medieval Icelandic Sagas  1180 1280  Book

The Growth of the Medieval Icelandic Sagas 1180 1280

  • Author : Theodore Murdock Andersson
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 237
  • ISBN 10 : 080144408X

The Growth of the Medieval Icelandic Sagas 1180 1280 Book Description :

Andersson introduces readers to the development of the Icelandic sagas between 1180 and 1280, a crucial period that witnessed a gradual shift of emphasis from tales of adventure and personal distinction to the analysis of politics and history.

Saga Book
Score: 4.5
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  • Author : Jeff Janoda
  • Publisher : Chicago Review Press
  • Release Date : 2014-05-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 361
  • ISBN 10 : 9780897336741

Saga Book Description :

This retelling of the ancient Saga of the People of Eyri is a modern classic. Absolutely gripping and compulsively readable, Booklist said this book, "does what good historical fiction is supposed to do: put a face on history that is recognizable to all." And medieval expert Tom Shippey, writing for the Times Literary Supplement said, "Sagas look like novels superficially, in their size and layout and plain language, but making their narratives into novels is a trick which has proved beyond most who have tried it. Janoda's Saga provides a model of how to do it: pick out the hidden currents, imagine how they would seem to peripheral characters, and as with all historical novels, load the narrative with period detail drawn from the scholars. No better saga adaptation has been yet written."

Dealing With The Dead Book

Dealing With The Dead

  • Author :
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2018-02-05
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004358331

Dealing With The Dead Book Description :

From revenant legends to the regulation of burial space; from martyrologies to accounts of murder; and from the danse macabre to funerals both lavish and simple, this volume examines how communities dealt with their dead as continual, albeit non-living members.