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'Why is your axe bloody?': A Reading of Njals Saga

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Njals saga, the greatest of the sagas of the Icelanders, was written around 1280. It tells the story of a complex feud, that starts innocently enough in a tiff over seating arrangement at a local feast, and expands over the course of 20 years to engulf half the…
Faking It
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|January 24, 2005

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In this book polymath William Ian Miller probes one of the dirty little secrets of humanity: that we are all faking it much more than anyone would care to admit. He writes with wit and wisdom about the vain anxiety of being exposed as frauds in our professions,…
The Mystery of Courage: Sailor Lives in the Royal Navy, 1900-1945

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Few of us spend much time thinking about courage, but we know it when we see it--or do we? Is it best displayed by marching into danger, making the charge, or by resisting, enduring without complaint? Is it physical or moral, or both? Is it fearless, or does it…
The Anatomy of Disgust
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|October 1, 1998

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William Miller embarks on an alluring journey into the world of disgust, showing how it brings order and meaning to our lives even as it horrifies and revolts us. Our notion of the self, intimately dependent as it is on our response to the excretions and…
Bloodtaking And Peacemaking: Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland

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Dubbed by the New York Times as "one of the most sought-after legal academics in the county," William Ian Miller presents the arcane worlds of the Old Norse studies in a way sure to attract the interest of a wide range of readers. Bloodtaking and Peacemaking…
Humiliation: And Other Essays on Honor, Social Discomfort, and Violence

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How do we feel when our friend turns up with a holiday present and we have nothing ready to give in exchange? What lies behind our small social panics and the maneuvers we use, to avoid losing face? Recognizing how much we care about how others see us, this wise…
Hrafnkel or the Ambiguities: Hard Cases, Hard Choices
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|February 4, 2017

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William Ian Miller presents a close reading of one of the best known of the Icelandic sagas, showing its moral, political, and psychological sophistication. 'Hrafnkel' tells of a fairly simple feud in which a man rises, falls, and rises again with a vengeance, so…
Hrafnkel or the Ambiguities: Hard Cases, Hard Choices
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|December 22, 2016

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William Ian Miller presents a close reading of one of the best known of the Icelandic sagas, showing its moral, political, and psychological sophistication. Hrafnkel tells of a fairly simple feud in which a man rises, falls, and rises again with a vengeance, so…
Bloodtaking and Peacemaking: Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland
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|May 15, 2009

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Dubbed by the New York Times as "one of the most sought-after legal academics in the county," William Ian Miller presents the arcane worlds of the Old Norse studies in a way sure to attract the interest of a wide range of readers. Bloodtaking and…