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  • Part I: Introduction

    Stefan Olsson

    Chapter from the book: Olsson, S. 2019. The Hostages of the Northmen: From the Viking Age to the Middle Ages.

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    Part I of the book deals with previous research on the giving and taking of hostages in the Viking Age and early medieval traditions, and a summary of earlier research on hostages in Roman, Continental Germanic, and Anglo-Saxon traditions is provided. The research on hostages in Old Scandinavian traditions has not been extensive and is basically non-existent in the history of religions.

    A methodological discussion is also conducted. In order to get a perspective on hostages in relation to war and peace, the phenomena is put in relation to a theoretical model of peace processes, as well as different perspectives of ritual theory, where the use of the concept of ritual action (or rather ‘acts’) is defined.

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    Olsson, S. 2019. Part I: Introduction. In: Olsson, S, The Hostages of the Northmen. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16993/bba.a
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    Published on Dec. 16, 2019

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