The Viking Age: A Reader (2nd Edition) (Readings in Medieval by PDF


ISBN-10: 1442608692

ISBN-13: 9781442608696

In assembling, translating, and arranging over 100 fundamental resource readings, Somerville and McDonald effectively light up the Vikings and their international for twenty-first-century scholars and teachers. the range of the Viking Age is delivered to existence in the course of the diversity of resources provided, and the geographical and chronological insurance of those readings. The Norse translations, a lot of them new to this assortment, are basic and simply obtainable, and the bankruptcy introductions contextualize the readings whereas permitting the assets to talk for themselves.

The moment version of this renowned reader has been revised and reorganized into fourteen chapters. approximately twenty assets were extra, together with fabric on young ones, video games and leisure, and runic inscriptions, in addition to new readings at the martyrdom of Alfeah, the lifetime of Saint Findan, and the martyrdom of Saint Edmund.

The reader could be paired for lecture room use with its better half quantity, The Vikings and Their Age, authored via Somerville and McDonald. jointly, those books offer accomplished insurance for a path at the Vikings. extra assets, resembling an in depth bibliography and directions on interpreting skaldic poetry, are available at the background issues site (

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Now we shall say a few words about the superstitions of the Swedes. . 11 the viking age: a reade r 30. As Nortmannia is the farthest country of the world, so we properly place consideration of it in the last part of the book. By moderns it is called Norway. Of its location and extent we made some mention earlier in connection with Sweden, but this in particular must now be said, that in its length that land extends into the farthest northern zone, whence also it takes its name. It begins with towering crags at the sea commonly called the Baltic; then with its main ridge bent toward the north after following the course of the shore line of a raging ocean, it finally has its bounds in the Rhiphaean Mountains, where the tired world also comes to an end.

In those same mountains there are such large numbers of big game 12 one: the scandinavian home lands that the greatest part of the country subsists only on the beasts of the forest. Aurochs, buffalo, and elk are taken there as in Sweden. Bison, furthermore, are caught in Slavia and Russia. Only in Norway, however, are there black fox and hares, white martens and bears of the same color who live under water like aurochs. And since much else may there be seen that is entirely different and strange to our people, we leave it and other things to be more fully described by the inhabitants of that land.

31. In many places in Norway and Sweden cattle herdsmen are even men of the highest station, living in the manner of patriarchs and by the work of their own hands. All, indeed, who live in Norway are thoroughly Christian, except those who are removed beyond the arctic tract along the ocean. These people, it is said, are to this day so superior in the magic arts or incantations that they profess to know what every one is doing the world over. Then they also draw great sea monsters to shore with a powerful mumbling of words and do much else of which one reads in the Scriptures about magicians.

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