The other thing which I didn't love is, again, largely a matter of convenience. A lot were disgusted with events in Norway, when they sailed off. The case study approach that tells you so much. The sagas and laws together illustrate the way Icelanders thought their society worked. I wanted to be able to read this literature in the original language.
I will be working through the second Reader volume while I take the upcoming Anglo-Saxon course through The Mythgard Institute. Most of my delays while working through it had to do more with the fact that I couldn't easily travel with the volume. In any case, I have fallen in love with this tongue and its sounds. Thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially as a philosophical anarchist since Byock ends up detailing the rise and fall of one of the world's most enduring couple hundred year-run a'int bad anarchist societies. Also, I had seen something similar to the Icelandic sagas in the form of the epic poetry of Finland, namely the 'Kalevala', whose language had captivated me with its raw energy even though I got to reading only a couple of pages.
The explanations of grammar are lucid and each chapter introduces new vocabulary that can immediately be applied to the exercises. . I found it interesting enough, but I felt that I had bought a book that offered something other than what I expected. These discrete units of action, the hallmark of the saga style, were a convenient means for an oral or a literature teller to advance the narration of a complex tale. This is Gordon's primary advantage over this text as well as A New Introduction to Old Norse.
Highly recommend reading if you're of that philosophical bent, interested in medieval history, the vikings or even just Scandinavia as Byock goes into the characteristics that made Iceland unique from Norway then and now. It should have been a utopia yet its literature is dominated by brutality and killing. The back cover promises a lot, but the book delivers something rather different. Sagas thus become accounts of the daily reality of survival within these conditions, and seen from this perspective, the events depicted in the sagas are indeed not infrequently driven by struggles for scarce resources. This is a rather surprising claim given that shakespeare's plays predate the 21st century only by about 400 years whereas the viking age ended almost a full millenium ago. The mixing of grammar, history and atlases makes the learning experience so rich and rewarding. After listening to a lecture series on the Vikings, I became intrigued by the Old Norse language and literature.
Medieval Iceland was unique amongst Western Europe, with no foreign policy, no defence forces, no king, no lords, no peasants and few battles. The whole is very much grounded in actual cases, whether from the sagas or archaeology or both, seen in detail. A culture where fueding is almost customary and both violence and compromise are legally acceptable options. They established a stratified, but decentralized society with a parliament of sorts that met each year. I read it as background for an upcoming trip to Iceland and it provides much more than almost anyone needs to know. All in all, though, the positives far outweigh the negatives.
This is an excellent book! Medieval Iceland was unique amongst Western Europe, with no foreign policy, no defence forces, no king, no lords, no peasants and few battles. Si After listening to a lecture series on the Vikings, I became intrigued by the Old Norse language and literature. Se avessi letto questo saggio prima di affrontare l'Edda di Snorri, sicuramente avrei compreso immediatamente quei passaggi che al momento mi erano rimasti oscuri. I wrote a paper about Iceland's unemployment benefits system, which is unique among the Nordic countries for being not-super generous. Molto gradevole alla lettura e con molte citazioni a saghe portanti della cultura nordica. I'm looking forward to seeing the Althing and hopefully the Gragas and other legal codices that comprised the body of Icelandic law dur This was an academic work covering Icelandic history between the settlement ~920 until the end of the Free State era 1260ish? I also remember the study of feud in this book, how feud functioned, its place in the justice system: that was a strong point. A culture where fueding is almost customary and both violence and compromise are legally acceptable options.
It even has chapter names like 'The Sagas: An Ethnography of Medieval Iceland'. The chieftain-advocates would argue in the Althing and local things to settle feuds. Il voto effettivo sarebbe di quattro stelline e mezza, per il fatto che a volte l'autore risulta essere eccessivamente prolisso, ripetendo più volte concetti quando non c'è reale bisogno. He misses one major point: in several chapters on wealth, he completely overlooks the anti-trade values not at all uncommon in subsistence-farming societies with strong honor codes that made wealth acquisition problematic. The Mosfell Archaeological Project has implications for the larger study of Viking Age and later medieval Iceland, as well as perhaps for the north Atlantic world. Jesse Byock combines environmental science, anthropology, and archaeology to view the Icelandic family sagas through the lens of human adaptation and environmental change in the region. As no towns or villages ever grew up, Iceland operated as a single, island-wide village.
He misses one major point: in several chapters on wealth, he completely overlooks the anti-trade values not at all uncommon in subsistence-farming societies with strong honor codes that made wealth acquisition problematic. I love björk and also the way she pronounces english words, which sounds just as correct as an accent of english as does british, australian or american english. Jesse Byock, Historical consultant on the Vikings for the History Channel. I also remember the study of feud in this book, I liked this one as a study of the society. An interesting book, but at times I had the feeling of reading the same information over and over again and some chapters particularly the ones devoted to the various roles of the Godi could probably have been merged with minimal loss of information. She conveys how they knew they had a chance to build a bit differently from back home in Norway, in 'The Founding of a New Society'; 'The Effect of Emigrating from Europe'. I read it as background for an upcoming trip to Iceland and it provides much more than almost anyone needs to know.
The family sagas are preserved in a wide variety of manuscripts, none of which is an original text definitely attributed to a specific author, despite the educated guesses of scholars. Per il resto l'ho trovato ottimo, indispensabile per leggere e capire le saghe norrene. Curdled Milk and Calamities: An Inward-Looking Farming Society Provisions, Subsistence Strategies, and Population Bad Year Economics: Difficulties of Life in the North Atlantic 4. Other topics were touched upon so superficially it left me a bit frustrated, but it's entirely possible there's not an awful lot more information available in the first place. It even has chapter names like 'The Sagas: An Ethnography of Medieval Iceland'. The interdisciplinary approach to the sagas taken in this book remains as refreshing today as when it was printed nearly fifteen years ago.