Medieval Iceland: Society, Sagas, and Power

Medieval Iceland: Society, Sagas, and Power


By (author) Jesse L. Byock

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 276 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 203mm x 18mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 March 1990
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520069544
  • ISBN 13: 9780520069541
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 708,816

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The history of medieval Europe is incomplete if it does not take Iceland into account. Jesse Byock's reassessment of medieval Iceland uses all the available sources--the medieval Icelanders' historical writings, extensive saga literature, and intricate laws--to explore the way Iceland's social order functioned.

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Jesse L. Byock teaches Old Norse and medieval Scandinavian subjects at the University of California, Los Angeles and is the author of Feud in the Icelandic Saga (1982).

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"Byock has written an important and authoritative account of how one collectivity of human beings avoided the Hobbesian war of all against all in a society that allowed almost no role for government."--"Contemporary Sociology

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"Byock's book is a "tour-de-force of historical argument. He brilliantly reconstructs the inner workings of an intriguing society, not elsewhere to be found in the Western world."--David Herlihy, History Book Club