Beyond the Northlands

Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas
Author: Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0191004472
Category: History
Page: 320
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In the dying days of the eighth century, the Vikings erupted onto the international stage with brutal raids and slaughter. The medieval Norsemen may be best remembered as monk murderers and village pillagers, but this is far from the whole story. Throughout the Middle Ages, long-ships transported hairy northern voyagers far and wide, where they not only raided but also traded, explored and settled new lands, encountered unfamiliar races, and embarked on pilgrimages and crusades. The Norsemen travelled to all corners of the medieval world and beyond; north to the wastelands of arctic Scandinavia, south to the politically turbulent heartlands of medieval Christendom, west across the wild seas to Greenland and the fringes of the North American continent, and east down the Russian waterways trading silver, skins, and slaves. Beyond the Northlands explores this world through the stories that the Vikings told about themselves in their sagas. But the depiction of the Viking world in the Old Norse-Icelandic sagas goes far beyond historical facts. What emerges from these tales is a mixture of realism and fantasy, quasi-historical adventures, and exotic wonder-tales that rocket far beyond the horizon of reality. On the crackling brown pages of saga manuscripts, trolls, dragons, and outlandish tribes jostle for position with explorers, traders, and kings. To explore the sagas and the world that produced them, Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough now takes her own trip through the dramatic landscapes that they describe. Along the way, she illuminates the rich but often confusing saga accounts with a range of other evidence: archaeological finds, rune-stones, medieval world maps, encyclopaedic manuscripts, and texts from as far away as Byzantium and Baghdad. As her journey across the Old Norse world shows, by situating the sagas against the revealing background of this other evidence, we can begin at least to understand just how the world was experienced, remembered, and imagined by this unique culture from the outermost edge of Europe so many centuries ago.

Isländersagas

Die Neuübersetzung (Fischer Klassik)
Author: Klaus Böldl,Andreas Vollmer,Julia Zernack
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783596905874
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The Rough Guide to Iceland


Author: David Leffman,James Proctor
Publisher: Rough Guides UK
ISBN: 1409325393
Category: Travel
Page: 368
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Iceland has never been so hot. Let The Rough Guide to Iceland show you the very best this unspoilt country has to offer: from the party capital, Reykjavík, with its white nights and northern lights, to the vast glaciers of the uninhabited interior. Come eye to eye with the giants of the sea on a whale watching tour or take a dip in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon - Iceland is Europe's most unusual destination. The Rough Guide to Iceland includes full colour pictures to inspire your travels through this vivid country of lavafields and bubbling mudpools, detailed maps to help you on your way and expert background on everything from smorgasbords to sagas. With The Rough Guide to Iceland in your hand, you'll soon realise that Iceland offers superb value for money following the currency crash of 2008 and is just waiting to be discovered. Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Iceland. Now available in ePub format.

Chambers's Journal


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Publisher: N.A
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Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die

Birding Experts Share the World's Geatest Destinations
Author: Chris Santella
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 1613120648
Category: Nature
Page: 224
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ItÆs estimated that 50 to 60 million Americans count birding among their hobbies. Some hang feeders in their backyards and accumulate yard lists; others participate in annual ôChristmas Countsö; a select few travel to the ends of the earth in an effort to see every bird in the world. With Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die, Chris Santella takes the best-selling ôFifty Placesö recipe and applies it to this most popular pastime. Santella presents some of the greatest bird-watching venues in the United States and abroad through interviews with prominent birders, from tour leaders and conservationists to ornithologists and academics. Interviewees include ornithologist Kenn Kaufman; David Allen Sibley, author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds; Rose Ann Rowlett, the ômother of modern birdingö; John Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; and Steve McCormick, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. The places vary from the urban (New York CityÆs Central Park) to the mystical (the cloud forests of Triunfo in Chiapas, Mexico) to the extremely remote (the sub-Arctic islands of New Zealand). The book includes 40 gorgeous photographs that capture the vibrancy of our feathered friends, and the beautiful places they call home.

The Spectator


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The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art


Author: John Douglas Cook,Philip Harwood,Walter Herries Pollock,Frank Harris,Harold Hodge
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
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Chambers' Edinburgh Journal


Author: William Chambers,Robert Chambers
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
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Sein eigener Herr

Roman
Author: Halldór Laxness
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783882438581
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Das Seelenhaus

Roman
Author: Hannah Kent
Publisher: Droemer eBook
ISBN: 342642570X
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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"Sie sagen, ich soll sterben. Sie sagen, ich hätte Männern den Atem gestohlen und jetzt müssten sie mir den meinen stehlen." Island 1828. Agnes ist eine selbstbewusste und verschlossene Frau. Sie wird als hart ­arbeitende Magd respektiert, was sie denkt und fühlt, behält sie für sich. Als sie des Mordes an zwei Männern angeklagt wird, ist sie allein. Die Zeit bis zur Hinrichtung soll sie auf dem Hof eines Beamten verbringen. Die Familie ist außer sich, eine Mörderin beherbergen zu müssen – bis Agnes Stück um Stück die Geschichte ihres Lebens preisgibt. Die Tat war grausam: zwei Männer erschlagen, erstochen und verbrannt. Die angeblichen Täter, neben Agnes Magnúsdóttir ein junges Paar, werden zum Tode verurteilt. Vor allem an Agnes will der zuständige Landrat ein Exempel statuieren. Scheinbar ungerührt nimmt Agnes das Urteil hin, ebenso wie die Ablehnung der Familie. Erleichtert, dem Kerker entkommen zu sein, kann sie bei der Arbeit manchmal ihr Schicksal vergessen. Vieles hier ist ihr vertraut: die schroffe Landschaft, die ärmliche Torfbehausung, der harsche Ton der Hausherrin. Ihr ganzes Leben war davon bestimmt – bis sie einen Mann kennenlernte und sich nach langer Zeit erlaubte, sich ihre Sehnsucht nach Liebe und Zugehörig­keit einzugestehen. Der Schmerz über seinen Tod, der ihr nun angelastet wird, überlagert alles, auch die Angst vor dem eigenen Tod. Schließlich vertraut sich Agnes einem jungen Vikar an, der sie auf den Weg der Reue und Buße führen soll. Während der langen Gespräche, die die ganze Familie mithört, ist es vor allem Margrét, die Hausherrin, die ahnt, dass die offizielle Wahrheit über Agnes vielleicht falsch sein könnte.

The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art


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The Literary World


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Etymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language

Including a Very Copious Selection of Scientific Terms for Use in Schools and Colleges and as a Book of General Reference
Author: James Stormonth
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: English language
Page: 777
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The Athenaeum


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Publisher: N.A
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Canadian Geographical Journal


Author: Lawrence Johnstone Burpee
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Canada
Page: N.A
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Vols. for 1930-Dec. 1930 include section "Amongst the new books."

Eugenics Pamphlets


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Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Eugenics
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World Literature Today


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Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Books
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