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Medieval Scandinavia: From Conversion to Reformation, circa 800-1500 PDF, ePub eBook


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Title: Medieval Scandinavia: From Conversion to Reformation, circa 800-1500
Author: Birgit Sawyer
Publisher: Published November 15th 1993 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published November 1993)
ISBN: 9780816617395
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4.6 out of 5

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The evolution of government, religion, economics and towns in medieval Scandinavia

30 review for Medieval Scandinavia: From Conversion to Reformation, circa 800-1500

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This was an interesting generic history of Scandinavia in the Middle Ages, one that treats a wide variety of historical and cultural aspects. It was fairly dry in most places, and failed to really draw me in. If I hadn't been recently reading a lot of other books on the same subject that were a lot better, I might have been more satisfied with this. One specific problem I had with this book was its attitudes toward source materials. Again, this probably has to do with the fact that I had just fi This was an interesting generic history of Scandinavia in the Middle Ages, one that treats a wide variety of historical and cultural aspects. It was fairly dry in most places, and failed to really draw me in. If I hadn't been recently reading a lot of other books on the same subject that were a lot better, I might have been more satisfied with this. One specific problem I had with this book was its attitudes toward source materials. Again, this probably has to do with the fact that I had just finished reading Jenny Jochens' Women in Old Norse Society, which included a whole treatment of old Norse sources and the scholarly approaches to them. Jochens concluded that while older scholarship had serious doubts as to the reliability of the oral elements in the sagas and other sources, modern scholars have demonstrated that, as long as a critical view is taken of these sources, they are fairly reliable and informative. The Sawyers seem to be saying the opposite, and I can only guess that this book, being written earlier than Jochens', was written before these new shifts in opinion had taken place. Jochens' views seem reasonable to me and seems to more closely echo the findings and views of folklorists of other cultures. So I think the Sawyers' doubts must be taken with a grain of salt. All in all, this might be a useful historical source, but it isn't a very engaging one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tahni

    Oh thank god I finished. I know this is a book designed for laypeople like me, but the result is that it's a rather dull gloss over what, I imagine, would be a very interesting history if we were permitted a much closer look at what was being discussed. It serves it's purpose, but it's difficult to get through without nodding off a couple dozen times.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Phillip

    Well Written Concise Summary. Analytical skeptical approach to conceived wisdom regarding era.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kailey Curless

    informative, historical, class reading

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