Feud in the Icelandic Saga

Feud in the Icelandic Saga


By (author) Jesse L. Byock

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 300 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 213mm x 20mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 9 March 1993
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520082591
  • ISBN 13: 9780520082595
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 4 maps
  • Sales rank: 1,175,944

Product description

Feud stands at the core of the Old Icelandic sagas. Jesse Byock shows how the dominant concern of medieval Icelandic society--the channeling of violence into accepted patterns of feud and the regulation of conflict--is reflected in the narrative of the family sagas and the Sturlunga saga compilation. This comprehensive study of narrative structure demonstrates that the sagas are complex expressions of medieval social thought.

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Author information

Jesse Byock is Professor of Old Norse and Scandinavian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and author of Medieval Iceland (California, 1988) and translator of The Saga of the Volsungs (California, 1990).

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"Byock's scholarly ambitions are boldly imaginative and on the cutting edge of the human sciences."--"Journal of American Folklore