The Vikings and the Victorians: Inventing the Old North in Nineteenth-century Britain

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Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2002 - 434 páginas
This is the first book-length treatment of the Victorians' fascination with the old north. It explores the ways in which the terms 'Viking' and 'Viking Age', both unknown in 1800, were invented, explored and popularised during the nineteenth century. The material examined - published and unpublished - includes novels, poems, plays, lectures, reviews, secondary school textbooks, saga-stead travelogues, private correspondence, art and music, as well as dictionaries, grammars and scholarly editions of eddas and sagas. In the cast of characters Sir Walter Scott, William Morris, Edward Elgar and Rudyard Kipling appear alongside long-forgotten amateur enthusiasts from Lerwick to the Isle of Wight. We follow the pursuit of Viking-related archaeology, dialectology, folklore, philology, runology and mythology. We see the old north used to legitimise many concepts and causes - from buccaneering mercantilism and imperial expansion to jury trial and women's rights. In drawing this wide range of materials together, Andrew Wawn presents a comprehensive and colourful account of the construction and translation of the Viking Age in Queen Victoria's Britain.ANDREW WAWN is Professor of Anglo-Icelandic Studies at the University of Leeds.
 

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Not so much a history of vikings, as a history of how they were perceived from the 18th century to the mid-20th. Dense with information about early geographers in Iceland, theatre productions of the ... Leer comentario completo

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Of Stockfish and Saga
3
Georgian CaseStudies
34
Protectors of Northern Arts
60
Dead Kings of Norrowav
91
FRITHIOF OF Sognefjord
117
George Dasent and Burnt Njal
142
The Eddas
183
PHILOLOGY AND MERCURY
211
William Morris and the Old Grey North
245
Travels Trips and Trots
283
TELLING VIKING TALES
312
RESOURCES AND NETWORKS
342
VikingUfe after the Victorians
370
INDEX
419
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