- By William Ian Miller

Bloodtaking and Peacemaking: Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland

  • Title: Bloodtaking and Peacemaking: Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland
  • Author: William Ian Miller
  • ISBN: 9780226526805
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bloodtaking and Peacemaking Feud Law and Society in Saga Iceland 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

    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 delves beneath the chaos and brutality of the Norse world to discover a complex interplay of ordering and disorderinDubbed 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 delves beneath the chaos and brutality of the Norse world to discover a complex interplay of ordering and disordering impulses Miller s unique and engaging readings of ancient Iceland s sagas and extensive legal code reconstruct and illuminate the society that produced them.People in the saga world negotiated a maze of violent possibility, with strategies that frequently put life and limb in the balance But there was a paradox in striking the balance one could not get even without going one better Miller shows how blood vengeance, law, and peacemaking were inextricably bound together in the feuding process.This book offers fascinating insights into the politics of a stateless society, its methods of social control, and the role that a uniquely sophisticated and self conscious law played in the construction of Icelandic society Illuminating Rory McTurk, Times Literary Supplement An impressive achievement in ethnohistory it is an amalgam of historical research with legal and anthropological interpretation What is , and rarer, is that it is a pleasure to read due to the inclusion of narrative case material from the sagas themselves Dan Bauer, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

    1 thought on “Bloodtaking and Peacemaking: Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland

    1. The best book I know on Medieval Icelandic culture as expressed through the sagas (though PM Sorensen's Saga og samfund/Saga and Society is damn close). The first two chapters alone should have been (and only occasionally were) required reading in my reading and composition course on Norse literature and mythology. Miller does an excellent job explaining feud, economics, honor, gender roles, etc in the sagas while at the same time being properly aware of the problematic nature of any attempt to [...]

    2. I had been a little apprehensive in attacking this book, since it had been described by a friend as being dry and esoteric. However, it is awesome. I've done a fair bit of reading in the Icelandic Saga literature, and I was thrilled to get an in depth historical and cultural context for them. Miller delves into many of the major conflicts from the Sagas, exploring the underlying forces which drove the feuds. I highly recommend this as a companion to Saga literature, but I'm not sure how easy it [...]

    3. Explains the to us somewhat alien legal concepts which in most cases constitute the cornerstone of medieval Icelandic saga literature. After reading this book you might even consider reading Old Icelandic legal texts exciting.

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