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Women in the Viking age

By: Jesch, Judith

0851153607 / 9780851153605
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24 cm viii, 239 p. : ill.
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Reprint. Originally published: 1991.

"Well-illustrated, closely argued and fascinating." - "Guardian".

This is the first book-length study in English to investigate what women did in the Viking age, both at home in Scandinavia and in the Viking colonies from Greenland to Russia.

Evidence for their lives is fragmentary, but Judith Jesch assembles the clues provided by archaeology, runic inscriptions, place names and personal names, foreign historical records and Old Norse literature and mythology.

These sources illuminate different aspects of women's lives in the Viking age, on the farms and in the trading centres of Scandinavia, abroad on Viking expeditions, and as settlers in places, such as Iceland and the British Isles. "Women in the Viking Age" explores an unfamiliar aspect of medieval history and offers a new perspective on Viking society, very different from the traditional picture of a violent and male-dominated world.

Judith Jesch is Reader in Viking Studies at the University of Nottingham.


1DBK United Kingdom, Great Britain, 1DBR Ireland, 1DNC Iceland, HBJD1 British & Irish history, HBLC Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500, HDD Archaeology by period / region, JFC Cultural studies, JFSJ1 Gender studies: women

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