Historia Norwegie by Inger EkremHistoria Norwegie by Inger Ekrem

Historia Norwegie

EditorInger Ekrem, Lars Boje Mortensen

Hardcover | August 25, 2003

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The fragmentary medieval chronicle, Historia Norwegie, is the oldest piece of historical writing from Norway, and probably our first specimen of Norwegian literature. It was composed in Latin in the second half of the twelfth century, perhaps in the Oslo area. Only the beginning of the work exists today, but it offers, among other things, a detailed report of a shamanic séance among the Sami as well as a unique early geographical description of Norway and the North Sea realm. Furthermore, we are presented with an early version of the Norwegian kings' genealogy, beginning with the mythical Yngling kings and ending, abruptly, with Olav Haraldsson's claim to the throne in 1015.This is the first critical edition of the Latin text since 1880, accompanied by a modern English translation by Peter Fisher. The introduction and full commentary in English take stock of previous scholarships and are new contributions to the interpretation of the text.
The late Inger Ekrem (1938-2000) worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oslo, Department of Classics. Her main publications belong within the field of 16th and 17th century Norwegian Latin literature. Lars Boje Mortensen is Professor of Ancient and Medieval Cultural History at the University of Southern Denmark and Pro...
Title:Historia NorwegieFormat:HardcoverDimensions:230 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.8 inPublished:August 25, 2003Publisher:Museum Tusculanum PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:8772898135

ISBN - 13:9788772898131


Table of Contents

Preface (LBM)

Introduction (LBM)

1. Contents and Structure

2. Date and Place

3. Style and Narrative

4. The Manuscripts (Michael Chesnutt and LBM)

5. Transmission of the Text

6. Conclusion

7. Editorial Principles

The Latin Text (IE, LBM) and English translation (PF)

Commentary (IE, LBM)

Essay on Date and Purpose (IE)


Index nominum

Editorial Reviews

Mortensen's introduction constitutes a sound presentation of the very latest thinking on Historia Norwegie and is a valuable contribution independent of the edition and commentary ... Fisher's translation, like his translation of Saxo Grammaticus, is excellent. Stylistically unobtrusive, it strikes a near-perfect balance between the original and readable English ... [T]he commentary functions at a uniformly high level and is an excellent contribution to the study of Historia Norwegie ... Anyone seeking to delve deeper into these issues, both through an excellent edition and translation and a stimulating gathering of secondary materials, must consult this important book.- John Lindow, University of California, Berkeley, Speculum, October 2005