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Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature

Gods and Humans in Medieval Scandinavia : Retying the Bonds Series Number 103

By (author) Jonas Wellendorf
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Published: 12th Apr 2018
Dimensions: w 158mm h 235mm d 16mm
Weight: 440g
ISBN-10: 110842497X
ISBN-13: 9781108424974
Barcode No: 9781108424974
Synopsis
The coming of Christianity to Northern Europe resulted in profound cultural changes. In the course of a few generations, new answers were given to fundamental existential questions and older notions were invalidated. Jonas Wellendorf's study, the first monograph in English on this subject, explores the medieval Scandinavian reception and re-interpretation of pre-Christian Scandinavian religion. This original work draws on a range of primary sources ranging from Prose Edda and Saxo Grammaticus' History of the Danes to less well known literary works including the Saga of Barlaam and the Hauksbok manuscript (c.1300). By providing an in-depth analysis of often overlooked mythological materials, along with translations of all textual passages, Wellendorf delivers an accessible work that sheds new light on the ways in which the old gods were integrated into the Christian worldview of medieval Scandinavia.

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