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Paperback. Pub: 09 2001 Pages: 432 Publisher: Penguin The popular image of the Viking Age is of the WARLORDS Marauding bands Pillaging their way along the Shores of Northern Europe In this fascinating history of Jesse Byock Shows That Norse Society in. Iceland was actually an independent one-almost a republican Free State. without warlords or kings. Combining history with anthropology and archaeology. this remarkable study serves as a valuable companion to the Icelandic sagas. exploring all aspects of Viking Age life: feasting. farming. the power of chieftains and the church. marriage. and the role of women. With masterful interpretations of the blood feuds and the sagas. Byock reveals how the law courts favored compromise over violence. and how the society grappled with proto-democratic tendencies. A work with oad social and historical implications for our modern institutio...

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Medieval Iceland was unique amongst Western Europe, with no foreign policy, no defence forces, no king, no lords, no peasants and few battles. It should have been a utopia yet its literature is dominated by brutality and killing. The reasons for this, argues Jesse Byock, lie in the underlying structures and cultural codes of the islands' social order. 'Viking Age Iceland' is an engaging, multi-disciplinary work bringing together findings in anthropology and ethnography interwoven with historical fact and masterful insights into the popular Icelandic sagas, this is a brilliant reconstruction of the inner workings of a unique and intriguing society.

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-Byock brings several disciplines to his work, crossing the boundaries between history, literature, law, and archaeology. This well-written book takes up a wide variety of subjects, including the social fabric, domestic realities, cultural codes, politics and legal infrastructures, and the mechanisms that defused conflicts among the fiercely independent early Icelanders.- --Viking Heritage Magazine

-A vital and original reinterpretation both of the sagas and of the society which created them. Byock's book is an essential guide at once to living conditions and to mentalities.---The London Review of Books



"Byock brings several disciplines to his work, crossing the boundaries between history, literature, law, and archaeology. This well-written book takes up a wide variety of subjects, including the social fabric, domestic realities, cultural codes, politics and legal infrastructures, and the mechanisms that defused conflicts among the fiercely independent early Icelanders." --Viking Heritage Magazine

"A vital and original reinterpretation both of the sagas and of the society which created them. Byock's book is an essential guide at once to living conditions and to mentalities."--The London Review of Books

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