The Viking-Age Rune-Stones: Custom and Commemoration in Early Medieval Scandinavia by Birgit SawyerThe Viking-Age Rune-Stones: Custom and Commemoration in Early Medieval Scandinavia by Birgit Sawyer

The Viking-Age Rune-Stones: Custom and Commemoration in Early Medieval Scandinavia

byBirgit Sawyer

Paperback | May 10, 2004

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There are over 3,000 runic inscriptions on stone made in Scandinavia in the late Viking Age. This book is the first attempt by a historian to study the material as a whole. The analysis reveals significant regional variations that reflect the different stages in the process of conversion toChristianity and the growth of royal power. Many monuments were declarations of faith or manifestations of status; but virtually all reflect inheritance customs found in later Scandinavian law codes. The results of this analysis make a significant contribution to understanding developments inother parts of the Germanic world, as well as Scandinavia. The inclusion of a digest of the data-base on which this book is based will facilitate further study of this rich vein of evidence.
Birgit Sawyer is a Professor of History, Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet, Trondheim.
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Title:The Viking-Age Rune-Stones: Custom and Commemoration in Early Medieval ScandinaviaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:298 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:May 10, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199262217

ISBN - 13:9780199262212

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Table of Contents

List of PlatesList of FiguresList of MapsList of TablesSources, Abbreviations, and ConventionsIntroductionSurvey1. Rune-stones, their Distribution and Historical Background2. Presentation of the Corpus and its Subgroup; Bases of Analyses3. Property and Inheritance4. Inheritance: Customs and Laws5. Society and Status6. Conversion7. Conclusion and Future ResearchExcursus: The Tug-of-War over ThyreAppendixesCatalogueExplanatory NotesReferencesIndex

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`thorough statistical coverage, backed up by a seventy page "Catalogue" ... her work puts the English-speaking reader for the frst time in possession of the basic information painstakingly recorded by Scandinavian scholars, as well as providing an entirely fresh and convincing explanation ofthe Viking Age corpus ... Birgit Sawyer [has] offered models of patient and dispassionate research in potentially exciting and contested areas.'Tom Shippey, TLS