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This book provides a history of slavery in Viking Age Scandinavia by examining a multitude of sources, including archaeology, runic inscriptions, Icelandic sagas, early law, DNA analysis, and place names. Viking society was characterized by different dependencies and by fluid transitions between freedom and enslavement. Thraldom surveys, in nuanced ways, the unique role of slavery in medieval Scandinavia.…mehr

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This book provides a history of slavery in Viking Age Scandinavia by examining a multitude of sources, including archaeology, runic inscriptions, Icelandic sagas, early law, DNA analysis, and place names. Viking society was characterized by different dependencies and by fluid transitions between freedom and enslavement. Thraldom surveys, in nuanced ways, the unique role of slavery in medieval Scandinavia.
Autorenporträt
Stefan Brink is Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the Institute of Nordic Studies at the University of Highlands and Islands, and Professor and Researcher at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is an Honorary Research Associate at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge, and formerly the Sixth Century Chair of Scandinavian Studies at University of Aberdeen. He is also a Member of the Royal Swedish and the Royal Scottish Science Academies. His previous books include Namenwelten (2004), The Viking World (2008), Sacred Sites and Holy Places. Exploring the Sacralization of Landscape Through Time and Space (2013) New Approaches to Early Law in Scandinavia (2014), and Theorizing Old Norse Myth (2017).