The Viking-Age Rune-Stones: Custom and Commemoration in Early Medieval Scandinavia

The Viking-Age Rune-Stones: Custom and Commemoration in Early Medieval Scandinavia

by Birgit Sawyer
     
 

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This is the first historical study of the whole body of late Viking runic inscription stones in Scandinavia. The 2300 inscriptions yield unexpected information on a wide range of topics, including the conversion of Scandinavia to Christianity, the growth of royal power and, most important of all, the inheritance customs of the period.
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This is the first historical study of the whole body of late Viking runic inscription stones in Scandinavia. The 2300 inscriptions yield unexpected information on a wide range of topics, including the conversion of Scandinavia to Christianity, the growth of royal power and, most important of all, the inheritance customs of the period.

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"[Sawyer's] work...puts the English-speaking reader for the first time in possession of the basic information painstakingly recorded by Scandinavian scholars, as well as providing an entirely fresh and convincing explanation of the Viking Age corpus.... A model of patient and dispassionate research in a potentially exciting and contested area."—Times Literary Supplement

"This is a stimulating book, challenging accepted interpretations and suggesting new sources for Viking Age social history."—Times Higher Education Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199262212
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/19/2003
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet, Trondheim

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