Society, Sagas, and Power
By (author) Jesse L. Byock
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Medieval Iceland by Jesse L. Byock
Book DescriptionThe history of medieval Europe is incomplete if it does not take Iceland into account. Jesse Byock's reassessment of medieval Iceland uses all the available sources--the medieval Icelanders' historical writings, extensive saga literature, and intricate laws--to explore the way Iceland's social order functioned.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520069541
(210mm x 140mm x 16mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 7-Feb-1990
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jesse L. Byock
Saga of the Volsungs, Paperback (November 2013)
Tolkien spent much of his life studying, translating and teaching the great epic stories of northern Europe, filled with heroes, dragons, trolls, dwarves and magic. He was hugely influential for his advocacy of Beowulf as a great work of literature and, even if he had never written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Grettir's Saga, Paperback (June 2009)
A sweeping epic of the Viking Age, Grettir's Saga follows the life of the outlaw Grettir the Strong as he battles against sorcery, bad luck, and the vengefulness of his enemies. Among the most famous and widely read of Iceland's sagas, this new translation features extensive illustrative material to elucidate the story.
Prose Edda, Paperback (July 2005)
One of the great storybooks of the middle ages: a master storyteller from the thirteenth century recounts classic tales of Icelandic mythology along with a lesson to young poets on the importance of learning, respecting, and continuing traditional Icelandic poetic styles.
Viking Age Iceland, Paperback (February 2001)» View all books by Jesse L. Byock
Medieval Iceland was unique amongst Western Europe, with no foreign policy, no defense forces, no king, no lords, no peasants and few battles. This book brings together findings in anthropology and ethnography interwoven with historical fact and masterful insights into the popular Icelandic sagas.
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Author Biography - Jesse L. Byock
Jesse L. Byock teaches Old Norse and medieval Scandinavian subjects at the University of California, Los Angeles and is the author of Feud in the Icelandic Saga (1982).
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