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Orkneyinga Saga

Penguin Classics / 1981 / Paperback

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Written around AD 1200 by an unnamed Icelandic author, the Orkneyinga Saga is the only medieval chronicle to have Orkney as the central place of action, and from it we derive much of our knowledge of the Northern Isles and Caithness. The Saga describes the conquest of the islands by the kings of Norway during the Viking expansion of the ninth century and goes on to narrate the susequent history of the Earldom of Orkney. Dominated by the great figures of the times - Sigurd the Powerful, St. Magnus the Martyr and Hrdolf, the conqueror of Normandy - the Saga is a powerful account of warfare and the struggle for supremacy. This modern translation captures the force of the Orkneyinga Saga, which retains a special signifigance for the people of Orkney, sharpening their awareness of their dual cultural heritage, both Norse and Scottish.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1981
Dimensions: 8.12 X 5.12 (inches)
ISBN: 0140443835
ISBN-13: 9780140443837

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Written around AD 1200 by an unnamed Icelandic author, the Orkneyinga Saga is an intriguing fusion of myth, legend and history. The only medieval chronicle to have Orkney as the central place of action, it tells of an era when the islands were still part of the Viking world, beginning with their conquest by the kings of Norway in the ninth century. The saga describes the subsequent history of the Earldom of Orkney and the adventures of great Norsemen such as Sigurd the Powerful, St Magnus the Martyr and Hrolf, the conqueror of Normandy. Savagely powerful and poetic, this is a fascinating depiction of an age of brutal battles, murder, sorcery and bitter family feuds.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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