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Icelandic Sagas and Other Historical Documents Relating to the Settlements and Descents of the Northmen of the British Isles

Icelandic Sagas and Other Historical Documents Relating to the Settlements and Descents of the Northmen of the British Isles
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  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108052504

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  • This four-volume set of Icelandic sagas with English translations was prepared between 1887 and 1894 by the celebrated Icelandic scholar Gudbrand Vigfusson (1827–89) and the foremost translator of the day, Sir George Webbe Dasent (1817–96). It includes Orkneyinga saga, a history of the jarls of Orkney from the late ninth century to about 1200, composed in Iceland around 1230 but preserved complete only in the fourteenth-century Flateyjarbók; and Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar, the life of the king of Norway from 1217 to 1263 and the principal source for Norwegian history over this period, in which Hákon's reign put an end to a long civil war. It was written soon after his death by the Icelandic chieftain and historian Sturla Þórðarson at the instigation of the king's son. Volumes 1 and 2 contain Vigfusson's editions of the sagas in Old Norse, while Volumes 3 and 4 contain Dasent's English translations.

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    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108052504
    • dimensions: 231 x 155 x 132 mm
    • weight: 3.295kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1. Preface
    Orkneyínga saga
    Magnus saga helga
    Magnus saga hin skamma
    Index. Volume 2. Preface
    Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar
    Magnús saga Hakonar sonar
    Addenda to the Hakon saga
    Index. Volume 3. Introduction
    The Earl's saga
    The story of Earl Magnus
    The story of Earl Rognvald
    General index. Volume 4. Introduction
    The saga of Hacon, Hacon's son
    The saga of Magnus, Hacon's son
    Additions to the saga of Hacon

  • Translator

    George Webbe Dasent

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