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Feud In The Icelandic Saga

Feud In The Icelandic Saga

by Jesse L. Byock


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780520082595
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 03/09/1993
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jesse Byock is Professor of Old Norse and Scandinavian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and author of Medieval Iceland (California, 1988) and translator of The Saga of the Volsungs (California, 1990).

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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.