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Title: Review of 'Ghosh, Shami, Kings' Sagas and Norwegian History: Problems and Perspectives. The Northern World: North Europe and the Baltic c. 400-1700 AD: Peoples, Economies and Cultures', vol. 54 (Leiden: Brill, 2011) hardback; xv + 253 pages; RRP €121.00; ISBN 9789004209893
Contributor(s): Denison, Jane-Anne (author)
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstract: A frustrating problem facing historians of medieval Scandinavia is that very few written sources exist until c. AD 1200, making it a difficult period to study unless the search for evidence extends to archaeology and documentary evidence from outside Scandinavia. In this volume Shami Ghosh aims to examine critically the issues surrounding use of Icelandic texts from the twelfth century onwards as a source of evidence for the history of medieval Scandinavia, particularly that of Norway. The introductory chapter provides a summary of the main sagas relating to the kings of Norway, their dates of composition, content and origins, with a particular focus on the skaldic verses used in their construction. Ghosh explains that he aims to set the study of the kings' sagas in the wider field of medieval European historiography in general, and generally, he has met these aims throughout the book.
Publication Type: Review
Source of Publication: Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, v.8, p. 105-106
Publisher: Australian Early Medieval Association Inc
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1449-9320
Field of Research (FOR): 200515 Other European Literature
210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified
210307 European History (excl British, Classical Greek and Roman)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 950504 Understanding Europes Past
970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Category Description: D3 Review of Single Work
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