As her journey across the old norse world shows, we can begin at least to understand just how the world was experienced, remembered, by situating the sagas against the revealing background of this other evidence, and imagined by this unique culture from the outermost edge of Europe so many centuries ago.
The medieval norsemen may be best remembered as monk murderers and village pillagers, but this is far from the whole story. Throughout the middle ages, explored and settled new lands, where they not only raided but also traded, long-ships transported hairy northern voyagers far and wide, encountered unfamiliar races, and embarked on pilgrimages and crusades.
Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas #ad - The norsemen travelled to all corners of the medieval world and beyond; north to the wastelands of arctic Scandinavia, south to the politically turbulent heartlands of medieval Christendom, west across the wild seas to Greenland and the fringes of the North American continent, skins, and east down the Russian waterways trading silver, and slaves.
But the depiction of the Viking world in the Old Norse-Icelandic sagas goes far beyond historical facts. What emerges from these tales is a mixture of realism and fantasy, quasi-historical adventures, and exotic wonder-tales that rocket far beyond the horizon of reality. Beyond the northlands explores this world through the stories that the Vikings told about themselves in their sagas.
Northmen: The Viking Saga, AD 793-1241Thomas Dunne Books #ad - He does so with meticulous research, engaging narrative, and sensitivity for his subject, shedding light and blood along the way. Focusing on key events, medieval history expert john haywood recounts the saga of the Viking Age, including the sack of Lindisfarne in 793 and the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066, from the creation of the world through to the dwindling years of halfhearted raids and elegiac storytelling in the thirteenth century.
Thomas Dunne Books. In ad 800, the scandinavians were just barbarians in longships. But as these norse warriors left their strongholds to trade, and settle across wide areas of Europe, and the North Atlantic, raid, Asia, their violent and predatory culture left a unique imprint on medieval history. For as they made their mark on Europe, Europe made its mark on them.
The twist that no one predicted, insidious takeover than any the Vikings would execute, however, was a much slower, and by a turn of the tide, they themselves became its target. Though they held sway in the north, their power meant little more than the ability to pillage and plunder, which they did to bolster their status at home.
Northmen: The Viking Saga, AD 793-1241 #ad - From finland to newfoundland and jelling to Jerusalem, follow in the wake of the Vikings―a transformative story of a people that begins with paganism and ends in Christendom. By the year 1200, what remained of the vikings’ pagan origins floated beneath the surface and the strong, strange territories of the north had become a part of Latin Christendom.
Northmen is there to tell the tale, to pay homage to what was lost and celebrate what was won.
The Sagas of Icelanders: Penguin Classics Deluxe EditionPenguin Classics #ad - Set around the turn of the last millennium, who ventured further west--to Greenland and, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled Iceland and of their descendants, ultimately, the coast of North America itself. The ten sagas and seven shorter tales in this volume include the celebrated "Vinland Sagas, " which recount Leif Eiriksson's pioneering voyage to the New World and contain the oldest descriptions of the North American continent.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
The Sagas of Icelanders: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition #ad - With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Thomas Dunne Books. A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world's greatest literary treasures--as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare.
The Vinland Sagas Penguin ClassicsPenguin Classics #ad - With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Consisting of the saga of the greenlanders and eirik the Red's Saga, they chronicle the adventures of Eirik the Red and his son, Leif Eirikson, who explored North America 500 years before Columbus.
Thomas Dunne Books. Penguin Classics. Famous for being the first-ever descriptions of north america, they recount the Icelandic settlement of Greenland by Eirik the Red, the chance discovery by seafaring adventurers of a mysterious new land, and written down in the early thirteenth century, and Eirik's son Leif the Lucky's perilous voyages to explore it.
The Vinland Sagas Penguin Classics #ad - For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
The bestselling saga of eirik the red, and the first American explorersThe all-time bestselling of the sagas in Penguin Classics, Leif the Lucky, The Vinland Sagas are published here in a vibrant new translation.
The Little Book of the Hidden People: Twenty stories of elves from Icelandic folkloreLittle Books Publishing #ad - Their homes were furnished with fine, sumptuous objects. Thomas Dunne Books. This was the world of the hidden people, which more often than not was a projection of the most fervent dreams and desires of the human population. That is what the stories of the elves, or hidden people, are really about. In a country that was, at times, where poverty was endemic and death and grief a part of daily life, virtually uninhabitable, the Icelanders nurtured a belief in a world that existed parallel to their own.
They are a part of their identity, hopes, a reflection of the struggles, resilience and endurance of their people. But what do those elf stories really tell us about the Iceland of old and the people who lived there? In this book, author Alda Sigmundsdóttir presents twenty translated elf stories from Icelandic folklore, along with fascinating notes on the context from which they sprung.
The Little Book of the Hidden People: Twenty stories of elves from Icelandic folklore #ad - The international media has had a particular infatuation with the Icelanders’ elf belief, generally using it to propagate some kind of “kooky Icelanders” myth. Yet iceland’s elf folklore, physically, and its people’s heroic efforts to survive, reflects the plight of a nation living in abject poverty on the edge of the inhabitable world, at its core, emotionally and spiritually.
Their livestock was better and fatter, their sheep yielded more wool than regular sheep, their crops were more bounteous. Penguin Classics. They even had supernatural powers: they could make themselves visible or invisible at will, and they could see the future.
Vikings: The North Atlantic SagaSmithsonian Books #ad - Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga #ad - Smithsonian Books DC. Thomas Dunne Books. Penguin Classics. They show that norse contacts with native American groups were more extensive than has previously been believed, but that the outnumbered Europeans never established more than temporary settlements in North America. Replete with color photographs, oral tradition, artifacts, and landscapes, archaeology, drawings, this book celebrates and explores the Viking saga from the combined perspectives of history, and maps of Viking sites, literature, and natural science.
The book's contributors chart the spread of marauders and traders in Europe as well as the expansion of farmers and explorers throughout the North Atlantic and into the New World.
Women in the Viking AgeBOYE6 #ad - Guardian this is the first book-length study in English to investigate what women did in the Viking age, both at home in Scandinavia and in the Viking colonies from Greenland to Russia. Penguin Classics. Evidence for their lives is fragmentary, place names and personal names, but Judith Jesch assembles the clues provided by archaeology, runic inscriptions, foreign historical records and Old Norse literature and mythology.
Women in the viking age explores anunfamiliar aspect of medieval history and offers a new perspective on Viking society, very different from the traditional picture of a violent and male-dominated world. Well-illustrated, closely argued and fascinating. These sources illuminate different aspects of women's lives in the Viking age, on the farms and in the trading centres of Scandinavia, abroad on Viking expeditions, and as settlers in places such as Iceland and the British Isles.
Women in the Viking Age #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Thomas Dunne Books. Smithsonian Books DC. Judith jesch is reader in viking Studies at the University of Nottingham.
Laughing Shall I Die: Lives and Deaths of the Great VikingsReaktion Books #ad - One of the most exciting books on vikings for a generation, marauders, Laughing Shall I Die presents Vikings for what they were: not peaceful explorers and traders, but warriors, and storytellers. Thomas Dunne Books. Much of this mindset is markedly alien to modern sentiment, and academics have accordingly shunned it.
And yet, it is this same worldview that has always powered the popular public image of the Vikings—with their berserkers, valkyries, and cults of Valhalla and Ragnarok—and has also been surprisingly corroborated by archaeological discoveries such as the Ridgeway massacre site in Dorset. Laughing shall i Die explores the Viking fascination with scenes of heroic death.
Laughing Shall I Die: Lives and Deaths of the Great Vikings #ad - Smithsonian Books DC. Along the way, the clash between the two great longships Ironbeard and Long Serpent, including the Fall of the House of the Skjoldungs, he recounts many of the great bravura scenes of Old Norse literature, and the death of Thormod the skald. Used book in Good Condition. Was it this mindset that powered the sudden eruption of the vikings onto the European scene? Was it a belief in heroic death that made them so lastingly successful against so many bellicose opponents? Weighing the evidence of sagas and poems against the accounts of the Vikings’ victims, Tom Shippey considers these questions as he plumbs the complexities of Viking psychology.
Penguin Classics. The literature of the vikings is dominated by famous last stands, famous last words, death songs, and defiant gestures, all presented with grim humor.
Viking Age IcelandPenguin Books #ad - Combining history with anthropology and archaeology, this remarkable study serves as a valuable companion to the Icelandic sagas, farming, marriage, exploring all aspects of Viking Age life: feasting, the power of chieftains and the church, and the role of women. Penguin Classics. Used book in Good Condition.
Smithsonian Books DC. A work with broad social and historical implications for our modern institutions, Byock's history will alter long-held perceptions of the Viking Age. With masterful interpretations of the blood feuds and the sagas, Byock reveals how the law courts favored compromise over violence, and how the society grappled with proto-democratic tendencies.
Viking Age Iceland #ad - The popular image of the viking Age is of warlords and marauding bands pillaging their way along the shores of Northern Europe. In this fascinating history, jesse Byock shows that Norse society in Iceland was actually an independent one-almost a republican Free State, without warlords or kings. Thomas Dunne Books.
Egil's Saga Penguin ClassicsPenguin Classics #ad - Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. Penguin Classics. The saga recounts egil's progression from youthful savagery to mature wisdom as he struggles to avenge his father's exile from Norway, defend his honour against the Norwegian King Erik Bloodaxe, and fight for the English King Athelstan in his battles against Scotland.
Penguin Classics. Thomas Dunne Books. Egil's saga tells the story of the long and brutal life of tenth-century warrior-poet and farmer Egil Skallagrimsson: a morally ambiguous character who was at once the composer of intricately beautiful poetry, and a physical grotesque capable of staggering brutality. Smithsonian Books DC.
Egil's Saga Penguin Classics #ad - Used book in Good Condition. With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Exploring issues as diverse as the question of loyalty, the power of poetry, and the relationship between two brothers who love the same woman, Egil's Saga is a fascinating depiction of a deeply human character.
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The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire The Princeton History of the Ancient WorldPrinceton University Press #ad - Princeton. The example of rome is a timely reminder that climate change and germ evolution have shaped the world we inhabit―in ways that are surprising and profound. A sweeping new history of how climate change and disease helped bring down the Roman EmpireHere is the monumental retelling of one of the most consequential chapters of human history: the fall of the Roman Empire.
Harper describes how the romans were resilient in the face of enormous environmental stress, until the besieged empire could no longer withstand the combined challenges of a “little ice age” and recurrent outbreaks of bubonic plague. A poignant reflection on humanity’s intimate relationship with the environment, The Fate of Rome provides a sweeping account of how one of history’s greatest civilizations encountered and endured, yet ultimately succumbed to the cumulative burden of nature’s violence.
Smithsonian Books DC. Thomas Dunne Books. Used book in Good Condition. He takes readers from rome’s pinnacle in the second century, to its unraveling by the seventh century, when the empire seemed an invincible superpower, when Rome was politically fragmented and materially depleted. The fate of rome is the first book to examine the catastrophic role that climate change and infectious diseases played in the collapse of Rome’s power―a story of nature’s triumph over human ambition.
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