Icelanders in the Viking Age: The People of the Sagas (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Mar 1, 2010 - History - 283 pages
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The Sagas of Icelanders are enduring stories from Viking-Age Iceland filled with love and romance, battles and feuds, tragedy and comedy. Yet these tales are little read today, even by lovers of literature. The culture and history of the people depicted in the Sagas are often unfamiliar to the modern reader, though the audience for whom the tales were intended would have had an intimate understanding of the material. This text introduces the modern reader to the daily lives and material culture of the Vikings. Topics covered include religion, housing, social customs, the settlement of disputes, and the early history of Iceland. Issues of dispute among scholars, such as the nature of settlement and the division of land, are addressed in the text.
  

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User Review  - lewisbookreviews - LibraryThing

This book is an excellent source for anyone interested in Icelandic vikings. Not only does this book explain how Iceland was founded and how their government worked, but it also explains everything ... Read full review

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User Review  - ccooney - LibraryThing

A very detailed account of Viking life in Iceland. It goes into how they set up their government, Viking weapons, food, medicine, trade, ships. The book also discusses about their lives including ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Land
9
2 The Settlement
14
3 Government and Law
22
4 Social Structure and Gender
32
5 Feuds Honor and the Culture of Combat
40
6 Milestones in Life
58
7 Farm Food Production and Home Life
74
10 Art and Leisure
163
11 Religion Myth and Cult
186
12 Exploration and Settlement to the West
202
13 Icelands Heritage
208
Glossary
215
Appendix
223
Chapter Notes
227
Selected References
264

8 Manufacture and Trade
110
9 Transportation and Navigation
128

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About the author (2010)

William R. Short is an independent scholar living in Southborough, Massachusetts. He regularly demonstrates and lectures on Viking-age topics in universities, museums, and other cultural institutions in North America and Iceland.

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