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Medieval Iceland: Society, Sagas, and Power

by Jesse L. Byock

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Built on the impressive legal documentation extant from the period, as well as on what literature & sagas reliably reveal between the lines, this study is one of the rare satisfying accounts of a real-life historical utopia, in this instance medieval Iceland. Satisfying both because the utopia maintains some degree of credibility & standing - & because its limitations are so lucidly exposed. ( )
  nielspeterqm | Jul 7, 2014 |
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The history of medieval Europe is incomplete if it does not take Iceland into account. Jesse Byock's reassessment of medieval Iceland uses all the available sources--the medieval Icelanders' historical writings, extensive saga literature, and intricate laws--to explore the way Iceland's social order functioned.

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Study of the society and history of Iceland during the Free State period of ca. 930-1260 A.D., using the Sagas as main source of data.

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