Feud in the Icelandic Saga
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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The Syntax of Narrative Elements
Units of Travel and Information
The Feudeme of Advocacy
The Feudeme of Resolution
Feud Clusters and Feud Chains
O The Importance of Land
Two Sets of Feud Chains
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