Title, Bloodtaking and peacemaking: feud, law, and society in Saga Iceland / William Ian Miller. Author, Miller, William Ian, Extent, dpi TIFF G4 page . Bloodtaking and Peacemaking delves beneath the chaos and brutality of the Norse world to discover a complex interplay of ordering and. Bloodtaking and Peacemaking has 76 ratings and 8 reviews. Carl said: The best book I know on Medieval Icelandic culture as expressed through the sagas (t.
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Dubbed by the New York Times as “one of the most sought-after blootdaking 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.
People in the saga world negotiated a maze of violent possibility, with strategies that frequently put life and limb peacemaming 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 bloodtaaking role that a uniquely sophisticated and self-conscious law played in the construction of Icelandic society.
What is blootaking, and rarer, is that it is a pleasure to read due to the inclusion of narrative case material from the sagas themselves. For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: European History Law and Legal Studies: Legal History Literature and Literary Criticism: Germanic Languages Medieval Studies.
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