Feud in the Icelandic Saga

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University of California Press, 1993 - History - 293 pages
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Feud stands at the core of the Old Icelandic sagas. Jesse Byock shows how the dominant concern of medieval Icelandic society--the channeling of violence into accepted patterns of feud and the regulation of conflict--is reflected in the narrative of the family sagas and the Sturlunga saga compilation. This comprehensive study of narrative structure demonstrates that the sagas are complex expressions of medieval social thought.
 

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Contents

Its Roots
24
The Syntax of Narrative Elements
47
Units of Travel and Information
63
The Feudeme of Advocacy
74
The Feudeme of Resolution
98
Feud Clusters and Feud Chains
114
O The Importance of Land
143
Two Sets of Feud Chains
161
lU Saga Narrative with
191
Appendixes
209
B Examples of Conflict
222
Examples of Advocacy
245
Examples of Resolution
259
Index
277
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Jesse Byock is Professor of Old Norse and Scandinavian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and author of Medieval Iceland (California, 1988) and translator of The Saga of the Volsungs (California, 1990).

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