Birgit Sawyer. The Viking-Age Rune-Stones: Custom and Commemoration in Early Modern Scandinavia. Oxford University Press, 2000.
There are over 3,000 runic inscriptions on stone made in Scandinavia in the late Viking Age. This book is the first attempt by a historian to study the material as a whole. The analysis reveals significant regional variations that reflect the different stages in the process of conversion to Christianity and the growth of royal power. Many monuments were declarations of faith or manifestations of status; but virtually all reflect inheritance customs found in later Scandinavian law codes. The results of this analysis make a significant contribution to understanding developments in other parts of the Germanic world, as well as Scandinavia. The inclusion of a digest of the data-base on which this book is based will facilitate further study of this rich vein of evidence.
Author: Birgit Sawyer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Binding: hardback (no dust jacket)
Condition: new and unused
Spine: no visible wear
Text: clean and clear
Table of Contents
List of Plates
List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables
Sources, Abbreviations, and Conventions
1: Rune-stones, their Distribution and Historical Background
2: Presentation of the Corpus and its Subgroup; Bases of Analyses
3: Property and Inheritance
4: Inheritance: Customs and Laws
5: Society and Status
7: Conclusion and Future Research
Excursus: The Tug-of-War over Thyre
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