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    Description"Well-illustrated, closely argued and fascinating." - "Guardian". This is the first book-length study in English to investigate what women did in the Viking age, both at home in Scandinavia and in the Viking colonies from Greenland to Russia. Evidence for their lives is fragmentary, but Judith Jesch assembles the clues provided by archaeology, runic inscriptions, place names and personal names, foreign historical records and Old Norse literature and mythology. These sources illuminate different aspects of women's lives in the Viking age, on the farms and in the trading centres of Scandinavia, abroad on Viking expeditions, and as settlers in places, such as Iceland and the British Isles. "Women in the Viking Age" explores an unfamiliar aspect of medieval history and offers a new perspective on Viking society, very different from the traditional picture of a violent and male-dominated world. Judith Jesch is Reader in Viking Studies at the University of Nottingham.


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    Title
    Women in the Viking Age
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Judith Jesch
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 248
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 354 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780851153605
    ISBN 10: 0851153607
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBR
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, JFC, HBLC
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ1, HDD
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DNC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27400
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010
    Abridged Dewey: 909
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 53
    B&T Approval Code: A14663000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC028000
    DC22: 948.022
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBR, 1DBK, 1DNC
    DC22: 940.1082
    Thema V1.0: JBSF1, NHDJ
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Boydell & Brewer Ltd
    Imprint name
    The Boydell Press
    Publication date
    17 February 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Woodbridge
    Review quote
    Well-illustrated, closely argued and fascinating.THE GUARDIANA coherent, tangible and convincing picture of the age as a whole. HISTORY This excellent study gives a thorough and learned survey of the subject of the title, assembling evidence from a wide range of sources. SCANDINAVICAA fine example of the interdisciplinary nature of both viking and women's studies... the study demonstrates the author's mastery of an impressive array of linguistic and methodological tools. JEGP (US) A lively and compelling book...the author's particular strengths lie in her study of literature. Judith Jesch has captured the spirit of Viking women. Her book is a fitting tribute to them. MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY
    Back cover copy
    Women in the Viking Age explores an unfamiliar aspect of medieval history, and offers a new perspective on viking society, very different from the traditional image of a violent and male-dominated world.
    Table of contents
    Part 1 Life and death - the evidence of archaeology: the Westness woman; the archaeology of burials; woman in her home environment. Part 2 Women's lives in runic texts: runic inscriptions; objects with runes; memorial stones. Part 3 Female colonists: the evidence of names; the settlement of Iceland. Part 4 Foreign views: international contact in the Viking age; visitors to Scandinavia; Viking women outside Scandinavia. Part 5 Art, myth and poetry: female figures in the art of the Viking age; sexuality, wisdom and heroism - female figures in Norse myth and legend; women in Skaldic poetry; the audience of Viking poetry. Part 6 Warrior woman to nun - looking back at Viking women: warrior women; Old Norse literature; women in the sagas of Icelanders.