By Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough
The Norsemen travelled to all corners of the medieval global and past; north to the wastelands of arctic Scandinavia, south to the politically turbulent heartlands of medieval Christendom, west around the wild seas to Greenland and the fringes of the North American continent, and east down the Russian waterways buying and selling silver, skins, and slaves. past the Northlands explores this global during the tales that the Vikings informed approximately themselves of their sagas.
But the depiction of the Viking global within the previous Norse-Icelandic sagas is going a ways past historic proof. What emerges from those stories is a mix of realism and delusion, quasi-historical adventures and unique wonder-tales that rocket a ways past the horizon of truth. at the crackling brown pages of saga manuscripts, trolls, dragons and outlandish tribes jostle for place with explorers, investors, and kings.
To discover the sagas and the area that produced them, Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough now takes her personal journey throughout the dramatic landscapes that they describe. alongside the best way, she illuminates the wealthy yet frequently complicated saga bills with a variety of different proof: archaeological reveals, rune-stones, medieval international maps, encyclopaedic manuscripts, and texts from as far-off as Byzantium and Baghdad. As her trip around the previous Norse international indicates, via situating the sagas opposed to the revealing
background of this different facts, we will commence at the very least to appreciate simply how the area used to be skilled, remembered, and imagined through this exact tradition from the outermost fringe of Europe such a lot of centuries ago.
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