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Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas (edició 2016)

de Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough (Autor)

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In the dying days of the eighth century, the Vikings erupted onto the international stage with brutal raids and slaughter. The medieval Norsemen may be best remembered as monk murderers and village pillagers, but this is far from the whole story. Throughout the Middle Ages, long-ships transported hairy northern voyagers far and wide, where they not only raided but also traded, explored and settled new lands, encountered unfamiliar races, and embarked on pilgrimages and crusades. To explore the sagas and the world that produced them, Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough now takes her own trip through the dramatic landscapes that they describe. Along the way, she illuminates the rich but often confusing saga accounts with a range of other evidence: archaeological finds, rune-stones, medieval world maps, encyclopaedic manuscripts, and texts from as far away as Byzantium and Baghdad. As her journey across the Old Norse world shows, by situating the sagas against the revealing background of this other evidence, we can begin at least to understand just how the world was experienced, remembered, and imagined by this unique culture from the outermost edge of Europe so many centuries ago.… (més)
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Títol:Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas
Autors:Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough (Autor)
Informació:Oxford University Press (2016), Editie: 1, 320 pagina's
Col·leccions:Vikings
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This is an entertaining pop history read, following Viking voyages from the far North, west to North America, east to Russia, Constantinople, and points further south. Barraclough traces her narrative through Old Norse sagas, and she clearly has a scholar's grasp of her material.

I found the chapters on the Arctic, Iceland, and Greenland fascinating; generally, as the narrative ventured farther from the Norse homelands, I found it more speculative and less tightly written. The light conversational style had grown a bit tired by that point as well. Every once in awhile, it reads more like a contemporary travelogue, which I found slightly distracting.

There are nice maps and images throughout, but these were difficult to view on my Kindle.

Thanks to Netgalley and OUP for this ARC. ( )
  LudieGrace | Aug 10, 2020 |
An amazing and detailed history, a must read for fans of this era. Highly recommend! ( )
  autumnturner76 | Oct 4, 2018 |
Very enjoyable account of what is known of the vikings from their own works and from their archeological leavings. I highly enjoyed the author's writing style and sense of humor, as well as the depth of her analysis countering various pop-culture assumptions about the Vikings.

Note: Borrowed from Anne Arundel County Public Library because of this article:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/viking-beyond-northlands-norse-saga-...

(2018)
  bohannon | Jun 20, 2018 |
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In the dying days of the eighth century, the Vikings erupted onto the international stage with brutal raids and slaughter. The medieval Norsemen may be best remembered as monk murderers and village pillagers, but this is far from the whole story. Throughout the Middle Ages, long-ships transported hairy northern voyagers far and wide, where they not only raided but also traded, explored and settled new lands, encountered unfamiliar races, and embarked on pilgrimages and crusades. To explore the sagas and the world that produced them, Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough now takes her own trip through the dramatic landscapes that they describe. Along the way, she illuminates the rich but often confusing saga accounts with a range of other evidence: archaeological finds, rune-stones, medieval world maps, encyclopaedic manuscripts, and texts from as far away as Byzantium and Baghdad. As her journey across the Old Norse world shows, by situating the sagas against the revealing background of this other evidence, we can begin at least to understand just how the world was experienced, remembered, and imagined by this unique culture from the outermost edge of Europe so many centuries ago.

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