Icelandic Histories and Romances

Icelandic Histories and Romances

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The Icelandic sagas, composed between the twelfth and the nineteenth centuries, are one of the world's great literary treasures. After an extended and lively introduction to the genre, Ralph O'Connor provides new translations for five of the greatest of these sagas. We encounter a humble Icelandic scholar dreaming of a Viking past, a royal adventurer evading the horrible lusts of troll-women, a demon popping out of a lavatory, the death spasms of the old Northern gods and unnatural acts in Muslim Germany. The sagas are evocatively illustrated by Anne O'Connor.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 120 x 198 x 24mm | 340.2g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0752428942
  • 9780752428949
  • 1,338,393

About Ralph O'Connor

Ralph O'Connor is a Fellow in Irish and Icelandic Literature at St John's College, Cambridge, and lectures in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. His publications include work on Irish and Icelandic sagas, English Romantic poetry and nineteenth-century dinosaurs.show more

Review quote

'All in all, this is a splendid production, easily accessible to the general reader but with a critical apparatus to satisfy the most stringent academic demands.' Magnus Magnusson writing for The Guardianshow more

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