Medieval Iceland

Medieval Iceland : Society, Sagas, and Power

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 139.7 x 203.2 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0520069544
  • 9780520069541
  • 564,069

About Jesse L. Byock

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'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

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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"

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