ANST - New Books

Gunnora Hallakarva gunnora at
Wed Aug 6 13:18:20 PDT 1997

Mistress Siobhan asked:

>Several weeks ago, we had a thread going on "SCA required reading," with
>various people writing in recommending books.
>So, did anybody read anything new and inspiring as a result of the thread?

I recently picked up several books on the Viking Age that I hadn't
previouly read:

Karras, Ruth.  Slavery and Society in Medieval Scandinavia.  Ann Arbor:
Yale Univ Press. 1988.
[Discusses the thrall and the role of unfree people in medieval
Scandinavia.  Very excellent.]

Griffith, Paddy.  The Viking Art of War.  Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole
Books.  1995.
[While this book does not present any startling information for one
familiar with the sagas and Viking Age history, it does discuss the
Viking's military technology in a straighforward manner.  There is a lot of
useful information in this book, and also in a few places some which I
think is a little misleading, especially if the reader has no background in
Viking studies to evaluate them against.  I'd recommend this book, but
don't believe tjust everything it says without double-checking with another
source, say, The Viking Achievement.]

I've also been doing a lot of reading about the Viking settlements and
invasions in the British ISles.  This has already resulted in one new
article on my webpage regarding Norse relations with Wales, and I'm
researching the Vikings in the Isle of Man right now.

Wæs Þu Hæl (Waes Thu Hael)


Gunnora Hallakarva
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