'Why is your axe bloody?' : A Reading of Njals Saga

'Why is your axe bloody?' : A Reading of Njals Saga

Description

Nijals saga the greatest of the sagas of the Icelanders, was written around 1280. It tells the story of a complex feud, that starts innocently enough in a tiff over seating arrangement at a local feast, and expands over the course of 20 years to engulf half the country, in which both sides are effectively exterminated, Njal and his family burned to death in their farmhouse, the other faction picked off over the entire course of the feud. Law and feud
feature centrally in the saga, Njal, its hero, being the greatest lawyer of his generation. No reading of the saga can do it justice unless it takes its law, its feuding strategies, as well as the author's stunning manipulation and saga conventions. In 'Why is your axe bloody' W.I. Miller offers a lively,
entertaining, and completely oriignal personal reading of this lengthy saga.


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Details

Author(s)
William Ian Miller
Format
Paperback | 360 pages
Dimensions
157 x 234 x 19mm | 540g
Publication date
21 Jun 2016
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication City/Country
Oxford, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
2 maps
ISBN10
0198768923
ISBN13
9780198768920
Bestsellers rank
1,065,794