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The Viking-Age Rune-Stones: Custom and Commemoration in Early Medieval Scandinavia Hardcover – 7 Dec 2000

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This book marks a big step forward in the study of commemorative runic inscriptions and late Viking-Age history. By assembling and analysing so much information from tenth- and eleventh-century rune stones the author has provided scholars with a wealth of readily accessible data for future research. By raising so many interesting questions she will also, as she hoped, have stimulated fellow workers to delve into that data. (Saga-Book)

Extremely detailed analysis ... The Viking-Age Rune-Stones has many strengths. The result of years of painstaking work, it demonstrates an intimate knowledge of the late Viking-Age rune stone corpus and its background ... The Viking-Age Rune-Stones has brought a wealth of important data to the attention of the scholarly community. (Saga-Book)

The secions on the patterns of social order and inheritance will make this book an indispensable example of runology applied to social history, a line of study with a future. It is worth buying for the careful tabulation of inscriptions and motifs alone. (English Historical Review)

This is a stimulating book, challenging accepted interpretations and suggesting new sources for Viking Age social history. (R.I. Page, Times Higher Education Supplement)

Thorough statistical coverage, backed up by a seventy page "Catalogue" ... her work puts the English-speaking reader for the frst time in possession of the basic information painstakingly recorded by Scandinavian scholars, as well as providing an entirely fresh and convincing explanation of the Viking Age corpus ... Birgit Sawyer [has] offered models of patient and dispassionate research in potentially exciting and contested areas. (Tom Shippey, Times Literary Supplement)

About the Author

Birgit Sawyer is a Professor of History, Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet, Trondheim. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8932bba0) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x88142f18) out of 5 stars Delighted! 11 April 2007
By R. Goodson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rarely does a book come out with such good work on the subject, due to its lack of commercial "sex appeal" for buyers.

Heck, this is not an 8th grade level book and you will need some knowledge beforehand to make your own decisions about its subject matter.

But a splendid book over all, a MUST have for serious Nordic study's I just wish the author had the time (and funding) to write much more on the area!
HASH(0x88197684) out of 5 stars Text excellent - sadly, the fotos in the book are very difficult to view even with accompanying text! 30 April 2016
By Robert S - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The text is fantastic as is all that Birgit Sawyer has written! The only reason I gave it 2 stars, and that is generous, is for the extremely poor reproduction of the fotos in the book, which are extremely important to the text. The cover foto is very misleading as to quality of the fotos inside. For a digitally produced text, the fotos should have been much better! Sadly, I paid much too much for this book 😔. Wish I could return it.
HASH(0x881d1738) out of 5 stars I would have liked more images of rune stones and translations of the ... 17 July 2015
By Robert James Koepke II - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I would have liked more images of rune stones and translations of the inscriptions. But the information inside it great.
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