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Morkinskinna ("rotten parchment"), the first full-length chronicle of the kings of medieval Norway (1030-1157), forms the basis of the Icelandic chronicle tradition. Based ultimately on an original from ca. 1220, the single defective manuscript was written in Iceland ca. 1275. The present volume, the first translation of Morkinskinna in any language, makes this literary miMorkinskinna ("rotten parchment"), the first full-length chronicle of the kings of medieval Norway (1030-1157), forms the basis of the Icelandic chronicle tradition. Based ultimately on an original from ca. 1220, the single defective manuscript was written in Iceland ca. 1275. The present volume, the first translation of Morkinskinna in any language, makes this literary milestone available to a general readership, with introduction and commentary to clarify its position in the history of medieval Icelandic letters. The book is designed to be used by readers with no knowledge of Icelandic. The translation is keyed to, and may be used in conjunction with, the existing diplomatic editions. Notes on the manuscript problems, as well as introductory and appended matter, augment the text. Above all, Kari Ellen Gade's edition of the skaldic stanzas provides a substantial initial step toward a future edition of the Icelandic text: Morkinskinna is the first large-scale repository of skaldic verse. Morkinskinna also includes many semi-independent tales that recount the adventures of individual Icelanders at the Norwegian court. These tales, with their often humorous or ironic inflections, shift the focus of the chronicle from the deeds of the kings to the Icelandic perception of Norwegian royalty....

Title : Morkinskinna: The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norwegian Kings (1030-1157) (Islandica, #51)
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ISBN : 9780801436949
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 556 Pages
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Morkinskinna: The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norwegian Kings (1030-1157) (Islandica, #51) Reviews

  • Neil
    2018-11-18 17:42

    The Morkinskinna is an Icelandic Konungasögur (Kings Saga) that was written around 1220 and recounts the history of Norwegian royalty from the years 1025 to 1157 of the common era. Theodore M. Andersson explored the importance of this saga in his Growth of the Medieval Icelandic Saga by showing how Snorri Sturluson used the work as a source for his Heimskringla and how both works influenced the development of saga writing in Iceland. Alongside its value for literary studies, the Morkiskinna is essential reading for those interested in events in England in 1066. The Morkinskinna provides an alternate and older version of the life of Harald Hardrada and his fall at Stamford Bridge to the version given in the Heimskringla.The translation of the saga is by Theodore M. Andersson and Kari Gade, with Andersson handling the prose and Gade the verse sections. The translation is accompanied by an introduction and a handy selection of notes. An excellent first English translation of an important work.