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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.
Posted January 4, 2000
I found this book to be a fascinating piece of reading, though it might not be an ideal source to use if one were writing a paper on the topics. Since I was reading it basically for fun, I found it to be very enjoyable and really worth the time, if you like this sort of thing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.