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  • The Hostages of the Northmen

    From the Viking Age to the Middle Ages

    Stefan Olsson

    Part of the Stockholm Studies in Comparative Religion series.
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    This book aims to investigate the taking and giving of hostages in peace processes during the Viking Age and early Middle Ages in Scandinavia and adjacent areas. Scandinavia has been absent in previous research about hostages from the perspectives of legal and social history, which has mostly focused on Antiquity (the Roman Empire), Continental Germanic cultures, such as the Merovingian realm, and Anglo-Saxon England.

    The examples presented are from confrontations between Scandinavians and other peoples in which the hostage giving and taking was displayed as a ritual act and thus became symbolically important. Hostages were a vital part of the peace processes and used as resources by both sides in the ‘areas of communication’ within the ‘areas of confrontation’. Literary texts as well as runic inscriptions, picture stones, place names, and personal names are used as source material.

    It is a work of very high academic quality. It is based upon meticulous and thorough studies of a great variety of sources. The author has definitely a very good knowledge of the source material. It is a very good study of a previously neglected research field.’ — Thomas Lindkvist, Professor emeritus, University of Gothenburg

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    How to cite this book
    Olsson, S. 2019. The Hostages of the Northmen: From the Viking Age to the Middle Ages. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16993/bba
    Olsson, S. (2019) The Hostages of the Northmen: From the Viking Age to the Middle Ages. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16993/bba
    Olsson, Stefan. The Hostages of the Northmen: From the Viking Age to the Middle Ages. Stockholm University Press, 2019. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16993/bba
    Olsson, S. (2019). The Hostages of the Northmen: From the Viking Age to the Middle Ages. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16993/bba
    Olsson, Stefan. The Hostages of the Northmen: From the Viking Age to the Middle Ages. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2019. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16993/bba




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    Published on Dec. 16, 2019

    Language

    English

    Pages:

    398

    ISBN
    EPUB 978-9-176-35105-5
    Mobi 978-9-176-35106-2
    Paperback 978-9-176-35107-9
    PDF 978-9-176-35104-8

    DOI
    https://doi.org/10.16993/bba



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