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    The Saga of the Jómsvikings: a translation with full introduction

    Finlay, Alison and Jóhannesdóttir, Þ.E. (2018) The Saga of the Jómsvikings: a translation with full introduction. The Northern Medieval World: On the Margins of Europe. de Gruyter/Medieval Institute Publications. ISBN 9783110627169.

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    Book synopsis: Unique among the Icelandic sagas, part-history, part-fiction, the Saga of the Jomsvikings tells of a legendary band of vikings, originally Danish, who established an island fortress of the Baltic coast, launched and ultimately lost their heroic attack on the pagan ruler of Norway in the late tenth century. The saga’s account of their stringent warrior code, fatalistic adherence to their own reckless vows and declarations of extreme courage as they face execution articulates a remarkable account of what it meant to be a viking. This translation presents the longest and earliest text of the saga, never before published in English, with a full literary and historical introduction to this remarkable work.


    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2019 13:34
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:46


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