H 276 x W 203 mm
Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white (13 colour plates)
Published Jan 2019
Was Egil’s Saga ‘written’ by Snorri Sturluson or by more than one person? Was it embellished by Snorri or others? Where did the Brúnanburh traditions come from? Is it accurate enough to be used as a historic source – a factual reference? This study aims to identify the incongruities within this saga demonstrating a correct analysis.
INTRODUCTION; RAISON D'ÊTRE; SNORRI’S CHARACTER AND HISTORICAL BACKGROUND; HISTORICAL ANALYSIS OF THE LITERARY EVIDENCE; PAGAN RITUAL CONTRASTED TO EARLY CHRISTIAN BELIEFS; HISTORICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE; THE SOCIO-RELIGIOUS SPHERE; PRIOR TO ‘THE GREAT BATTLE’; THE CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOUR OF ÆTHELSTAN; THE FYLDE: THE PLAIN OF DEATH; THE ‘PATHS OF THE DEAD’; GENEALOGICAL EVIDENCE - Jarl Gunnar Hlífrsson’s family relationship with Thorsteinn Egilsson; MARITIME AND LANDSCAPE SUMMARY IN THE BRÚNANBURH MSS.; APPENDIX A - Christian Relationships in Iceland and England; CHRONOLOGY; BIBLIOGRAPHY