Valkyrie: The Women of the Viking World

Av Johanna Katrin Fridriksdottir
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Språk: Engelsk
  • Sjangere: Historie
  • Slippdato: 1. jul. 2021
  • Forlag: Bloomsbury Academic


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Valkyrie: The Women of the Viking World
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Valkyries: the female supernatural beings that choose who dies and who lives on the battlefield. They protect some, but guide spears, arrows and sword blades into the bodies of others. Viking myths about valkyries attempt to elevate the banality of war – to make the pain and suffering, the lost limbs and deformities, the piles of lifeless bodies of young men, glorious and worthwhile. Rather than their death being futile, it is their destiny and good fortune, determined by divine beings. The women in these stories take full part in the power struggles and upheavals in their communities, for better or worse.

Drawing on the latest historical and archaeological evidence, Valkyrie introduces readers to the dramatic and fascinating texts recorded in medieval Iceland, a culture able to imagine women in all kinds of roles carrying power, not just in this world, but pulling the strings in the other-world, too. In the process, this fascinating book uncovers the reality behind the myths and legends to reveal the dynamic, diverse lives of Viking women.


“Valkyries have an obvious appeal, but the real women of the Viking age are more exciting. In Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir's significant new history, they are brought engagingly to life.” – Times Literary Supplement

“Through an excellent insight into both the written, as well as archaeological sources the author weaves a clear picture of women's lives from birth to death in the Viking Age. Valkyrie: The Women of the Viking World is a significant book.” – Professor Jón Viðar Sigurðsson, University of Oslo

Sjangere: Historie
SKU 9781350230309
Antall Sider 272
Leverandørstatus Tilgjengelig
Illustrasjoner 1 Maps
Sjanger Historie
Format Paperback
Språk Engelsk
Produsent / Forlag : Bloomsbury Academic
Opprinnelsesland : Storbritannia
Forfattere Johanna Katrin Fridriksdottir
Avansert Format Paperback
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