The Viking Achievement (Great civilizations series)

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Foote, Peter; Wilson, David M.
Verlag: London/ New York, Sidgwick and Jackson/ St. Martin's Press (1990)
ISBN 10: 0283354992 ISBN 13: 9780283354991
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Buchbeschreibung London/ New York, Sidgwick and Jackson/ St. Martin's Press, 1990. First Joint Edition Reprint. 23.8cm x 16cm. xxv, 481 (6) pages. Frontispiece: West portal of Hylestad stave-church, Setesdal, Norway. 59 figures. 28 plates. Maps of mainland Scandinavia and Denmark Original Hardcover with original dustjacket. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Very rare, very sought after. (Sidgwick & Jackson Great Civilization Series). Includes for Example: Societies and States: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland/ Slaves: Rigspula; Supply of Slaves; The slave's legal position; From slave to freeman; The life of a slave; The end of slavery/ The Free: The ideal; the yeomen; Managers and tenants; Farmworkers and craftsmen/ Part-time Professions: The law; Medicine; Priests, pagan and Christian/ Special Groups of Freemen: Two kinds of guilds; The hird; Drengs/ Women, Marriage and Dependents: Woman; Marriage and divorce; Illegitimate children; Legitimate children; People in need; Poor relief and mutual insurance/ Authority and Administration: Chiefs, Earls, Kings/ Daily Life: The basic economy; Settlements and houses; Specialized buildings; Furnishing; Food and cooking; Weaving; Dress and adornment; Agriculture; Carpentry; The metalworker; Other industrial processes; Pastimes/ Trade and Towns: Local marketing; Foreign trade; Markets and towns; Gotland and the later towns; Norse towns abroad; The trade routes; Piracy; The control and administration of trade/ Transport: Ships and boats; Survival; The origin of the ships; The Viking ship; Land transport/ Warfare: Defensive works; Camps; Weapons; Sea battles; Land battle/ Art and Ornament: The earliest Viking art; The Borre style; The Jellinge style; The Mammen style; The Ringerike style; The Urnes style; The artist in society/ Poetry: Eddaic and scaldic verse; The metres; The diction; Danish poetry; Swedish poetry; West Norse poetry; Mythological poems; Heroic poems; Scaldic poetry/ Justic: Procedure; Ordeal; The duel; Penalties; Old and New/ Religion and Conduct: The gods; Other-World beings; Relations between men and the supernatural; The dead; Christianity; Conduct etc. This is an account of the Norsemen in the period A.D. 800-1200. To understand the Vikings, the society, technology, art and literature of these vital people, a vast amount of evidence of very different kinds has to be considered. Some of this evidence is literary, philological and archaeological; parts of the evidence only came to light in 1967 and 1968 excavations; some of it has been intensively studied and argued about in a host of languages for 200 years or more. It is in fact, now practically impossible for a single scholar to give an authorative description of the whole field, and this book has consequently been written by an archaeologist and a textual scholar in collaboration. This novel venture in interdisciplinary collaboration will, it is hoped, provide a better balanced and more accurate survey than any so far achieved. The book is written primarily for the general reader but will also serve the needs of many university students. It will certainly set new, high, professional standards for future works in this field in English. Artikel-Nr. 41333AB

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