Chronicles of the Vikings: Records, Memorials, and Myths by R.I. PageChronicles of the Vikings: Records, Memorials, and Myths by R.I. Page

Chronicles of the Vikings: Records, Memorials, and Myths

byR.I. Page

Paperback | August 9, 1995

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The Vikings are not known for their literate legacy. Little of what they once inscribed in runes on wood, bone, and stone has survived. However these runic inscriptions are a valuable primary source of information on the Viking Age. They alow us to see the Vikings from their own point of view, unlike the records of prejudiced observers who saw the Vikings only as savage invaders. Chronicles of the Vikings attempts to show the Vikings through their own writings: runic inscriptions left behind, poems of their official skalds, literary works that entertained them, the few prose historical accounts that derive direct from Vikings, and eyewitness reports of how the northern peoples lived.

Chronicles of the Vikings defines the social values of the Viking Age, their heroic view of life which sometimes contrasts with their more prosaic way of looking at things. It looks at the problems they encountered in discovering, populating, and cultivating new lands, the difficulties of keeping law and order and the solutions they tried. We discover how they coped with famine and other natural disasters, travel and its perils, something of their popular culture, proverbs and aphorisms, and their sometimes irreverent approach to their gods and goddesses, the supernatural, magic and charms. Both at home and overseas, the Vikings live in this book.

To understand the primary sources it is essential to have some idea of how they came into being and how they were preserved. In his extensive introduction, R.I. Page discusses the problems involved in using writings of this sort and looks at the information that is preserved solely in these primary sources.

R. I. Page is Emeritus Elrington and Bosworth Prrofessor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, and a noted authority on Norse literature. He is the author of Runes and Norse Myths.
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Title:Chronicles of the Vikings: Records, Memorials, and MythsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.4 × 6.71 × 0.78 inPublished:August 9, 1995Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

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ISBN - 10:0802071651

ISBN - 13:9780802071651

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Through a series of new translations from primary sources, Chronicles of the Vikings: Records, Memorials and Myths brings the Vikings to life. Explore the world of Vikings as they saw themselves through runic inscriptions, the literary works that entertained them, and eyewitness reports of how the northern peoples lived.

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'I would recommend this book as a worthwhile addition to any medievalist's bookshelf, whether it be as a pedagogic or research tool or as a purely recreational tome. My only quibble is a minor one: the title might at first glance seem somewhat misleading to scholars, for this is by no means a collection of dry "chronicles" but a vivid anthology of writings from one of the most maligned groups in European history.' - Tim Clarkson - Arthuriana