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A Century of British Medieval Studies$
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Alan Deyermond

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263952

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263952.001.0001

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Old Norse-Icelandic Studies

Old Norse-Icelandic Studies

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(p.262) (p.263) Old Norse-Icelandic Studies
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A Century of British Medieval Studies
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Heather O’Donoghue

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263952.003.0011

This chapter examines the works of British Old Norse-Icelandic scholars. It explains that from the start, British interest in Old Norse studies was closely bound up with contemporary Old Norse-Icelandic scholarship in Scandinavia and that the British connection was only established after James Johnstone's translation of extracts from the thirteenth-century historical compilation Heimskringla. This chapter also discusses the trend in Old Norse-Icelandic studies in Britain which involved the recognition of sagas as being informative not in their details of event and character, but in their portrayal of society and culture.

Keywords:   Old Norse-Icelandic studies, British scholars, Scandinavia, James Johnstone, Heimskringla, sagas, society and culture

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