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The Genesis of a Saga Narrative: Verse and Prose in Kormaks Saga

Heather O'Donoghue

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117834
eISBN:
9780191671074
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117834.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Mythology and Folklore

The origins of many of the Icelandic sagas have long been the subject of critical speculation and controversy. This book demonstrates that an investigation into the relationship between verse and ... More


Introduction to the Saga

Heather O’Donoghue

in The Genesis of a Saga Narrative: Verse and Prose in Kormaks Saga

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117834
eISBN:
9780191671074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117834.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter discusses the Kormáks saga, an Icelandic saga about the life of one of Iceland's most celebrated poets: Kormákr Ögmundarson. It describes the origin and structure of the saga, its ... More


Encountering the Sagas

Carl Phelpstead

in An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780813066516
eISBN:
9780813058719
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066516.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Chapter 1 is an introductory chapter. Between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, Icelanders produced as rich, varied, and extensive a vernacular literature as was produced anywhere in medieval ... More


The Christianization of Iceland: Priests, Power, and Social Change 1000-1300

Orri Vesteinsson

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207993
eISBN:
9780191677885
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207993.001.0001
Subject:
History, World Medieval History, History of Religion

In this historical study of High-Medieval Iceland, the author investigates the influence of the Christian Church on the formation of the earliest state structures in Iceland, from the conversion in ... More


The Axed Man of Mosfell: Skeletal Evidence of a Viking Age Homicide, the Icelandic Sagas, and Feud

Ann L. W. Stodder and Ann M. Palkovich

in The Bioarchaeology of Individuals

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813038070
eISBN:
9780813043135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813038070.003.0003
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

This chapter presents the osteobiography of an Icelandic Viking who died of massive cranial wounds sometime between A.D. 855 and 1015. The osteobiography details the health history and cause of death ... More


Introduction: Female Fury and the Masculine Spirit of Vengeance

Lesel Dawson

in Revenge and Gender in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474414098
eISBN:
9781474449502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414098.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines revenge narratives in relation to gender, asking whether depictions of vengeance reinforce conservative gender roles, interrogate the ‘masculine’ values that society prizes, or ... More


An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders

Carl Phelpstead

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780813066516
eISBN:
9780813058719
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813066516.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders provides new perspectives on a unique medieval literary genre: the Sagas of Icelanders (also known in English as Family Sagas). The book deepens our ... More


‘Why is your axe bloody?’: A Reading of Njàls Saga

William Ian Miller

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704843
eISBN:
9780191789441
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704843.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature, European Literature

Njáls saga is acknowledged as the greatest of the Icelandic sagas, and it rightly deserves acclaim as one of the great masterpieces of all time. The author’s reading reveals not only the saga’s ... More


Magnus

Linden Bicket

in George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474411653
eISBN:
9781474435147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411653.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter considers the ways in which Brown adapts, develops, and treats the cult of St Magnus in literary terms. It examines Brown’s creative use of history, hagiography, and the cult of St ... More


Men and Masculinities in the Sagas of Icelanders

Gareth Lloyd Evans

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198831242
eISBN:
9780191869082
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198831242.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This volume is the first book-length study of masculinities in the sagas of Icelanders. Spanning the entire corpus of the sagas of Icelanders—and so taking into account a number of little-studied ... More


Conclusions: a maritime biography

Robert Van de Noort

in North Sea Archaeologies: A Maritime Biography, 10,000 BC - AD 1500

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780199566204
eISBN:
9780191917844
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199566204.003.0015
Subject:
Archaeology, Underwater Archaeology

The purpose of writing this book was to explore aspects of human behaviour that have been, to varying extents, disregarded, overlooked, or ignored in terrestrial-dominated archaeology to date. ... More


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