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Constructing A Cult

Author : Joanna Skórzewska
ISBN : 9789004194960
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Based on a variety of extant written sources, this study offers a comprehensive reevaluation of Guðmundr Arason’s popularity in medieval Iceland. It presents a new perspective on the saintly fame and veneration of this controversial and interesting individual.

The Church In Fourteenth Century Iceland

Author : Erika Sigurdson
ISBN : 9789004301566
Genre : History
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In The Church in Fourteenth-Century Iceland, Erika Sigurdson offers an account of the fourteenth-century Icelandic Church, and the development of an elite beneficed clergy after the ecclesiastical reforms of the late thirteenth century.

Ideology And Power In The Viking And Middle Ages

Author : Gro Steinsland
ISBN : 9789004205062
Genre : Political Science
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This book analyses the Nordic pre-Christian ideology of rulership, and its confrontation with, survival into and adaptation to the European Christian ideals during the transition from the Viking to the Middle Ages from the ninth to the thirteenth century.

Youth And Age In The Medieval North

Author : Shannon Lewis-Simpson
ISBN : 9789004170735
Genre : History
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This interdisciplinary volume explores social, cultural and biological definitions of youth and age specific to the medieval north, and changing mentalities towards youth and age as a result of political, cultural, and religious transformations in the north.

The Weather Factor

Author : Erik Durschmied
ISBN : 9781444769654
Genre : History
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Throughout history, natural elements have been responsible for the deaths of more people than the spear, bullet or atomic bomb. Floods have drowned millions, droughts and famines wiped out entire populations, frost has halted invincible armies, and storms have sunk unsinkable fleets. When facing the weather, its unpredictability can lead to incredible disasters. Though we have made major advancements in collecting and forecasting the weather, huge seas, skies, rain-falls and freezes have confounded us since the days when Noah was forced to take to the Ark. Erik Durschmied uses his formidable knowledge of military strategy and his skill at human observation to give examples of how man can never prepare for the unexpected.


Author : Andrew Evans
ISBN : 184162215X
Genre : Travel
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Exotic, yet conveniently close, Iceland attracts a majority of visitors from North America and the rest of Europe. With its colossal glaciers, vast lava flows and thundering waterfalls, the country’s primordial landscape awards visitors with unforgettable vistas and incredible trekking beneath the glowing northern lights. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, an independent traveler on a budget, or a comfort-seeking tourist, author Andrew Evans shows you how to do it – ‘Icelander’ style – at this trendy, eco-friendly destination.

Bloodtaking And Peacemaking

Author : William Ian Miller
ISBN : 0226526828
Genre : Literary Criticism
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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

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