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The Poetics of Commemoration: Skaldic Verse and Social Memory, c. 890–1070

Erin Michelle Goeres

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780198745747
eISBN:
9780191808173
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745747.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature, Poetry

This book is a study of commemorative skaldic verse from the Viking Age. It investigates how skaldic poets responded to the deaths of kings and the ways in which poetic commemoration functioned ... More


Remembering Ancestors: Ynglingatal and the Early Scandinavian Kings

Erin Michelle Goeres

in The Poetics of Commemoration: Skaldic Verse and Social Memory, c. 890–1070

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780198745747
eISBN:
9780191808173
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745747.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature, Poetry

This chapter demonstrates how the commemoration of a king’s ancestors could be used to consolidate his political position and provide a shared history for the community. It focuses on the sequence ... More


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