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  • Paperback
  • 252
  • Women in the Viking Age
  • Judith Jesch
  • English
  • 11 July 2018
  • 9780851153605

10 thoughts on “Women in the Viking Age

  1. says:

    Jesch seeks to illuminate the lives and roles of women in an era in which so much is said about the exploits of the men that the women seem to be an afterthought She notes a surprising number of cases of women making appearancese in Viking era culture and based upon a wide swath of what little we do know is able to make a number of educated deductions about the importance and role of women She looks critically as sources such as the Sagas which are post Viking era and grave finds which provide tantalizing if incomplete or biased clues and extrapolating what is likely to be our most accurate picture of the lives of Norse women to date Of course as in most Viking era studies what little we know leads to uestions than answers and she is careful to provide caveats to her conclusions Still one can get an overall picture of the cultures generally termed Viking and from a perspective that in being different from the typical politicamartial reveals about the private lives and social structure of the Viking peoples


  2. says:

    I've been wanting to learn about this topic for a while now and seeing as I kept reading so many conflicting articles on line I thought I would give this book a goIt's from the 1990s and clearly the field has expanded since then but by 90s standards I would say this is probably s good and thorough accountMy problem is that it seems to make a statement then say 'we don't have enough evidence so we can't possibly know for sure' and then continue on to settle the arguement without providing any compelling evidence except 'we must assume this is what it was like' But if the book doesn't give me a reason or a well presented argument as to why that is the case I just don't believe it This happens a little too often for my taste The book goes down many different routes archaeological runes written sources art etc but it just doesn't seem like there's enough to actually make a case on and sometimes Jesch goes out on a tangent where it's difficult to see the relevance to the main subject ie women in the Viking ageThe only thing I learned from this book was that the evidence is scarce and we just don't know Which is fine but I would have preferred not to learn it in over 230 pages in short this book could have been way shorter


  3. says:

    How often do you pick up a book about the Vikings and not find a single reference to women? Or maybe there will be a blonde in an apron dress or if you're really lucky a sidebar discussing women in Viking societyThis is an antidote to that problem I want to see the evidence used in this book used far often for other books on the VikingsJesch has done well in compiling evidence from archeological finds art and literature to piece together what can be known about women in the Viking Age I enjoyed how the book was arranged with the most solid evidence at the beginning As a side note it is so incredible how important burial sites are to understanding cultures The bodies of long dead people and what they were buried with have so much to share with researchers Even cremains can give some insight so long as they're buried or preserved and not just blown away in the windI do feel like some information is biased either from the author herself or from the written sources she used For example the writings of an Arab in the Rus touched upon things that seem like he would not have had access to the graphic killing of a slave woman for suttee comes to mind and may have been colored with a desire to portray the Viking settlers in a negative light Yet the author seems to treat this as truthful eyewitness recordings I don't know your mileage may vary on that sort of thing See also she only used the negative saga account of Leif Eriksson's sister Freydis in Vinland whereas I'm familiar with the much badass version used in the Saga Museum in ReykjavikIn sum this is an incredibly interesting book bringing together information about women from an era and culture that typically emphasizes only the male aspects


  4. says:

    I skimmed parts of this book Very useful information on Viking women and incredibly source based It's actually organized by type of source which in some ways made it less readable for the general reader but potentially useful for the historian If I want to learn in depth about Viking women I will come back to this book


  5. says:

    Link to my review of this book


  6. says:

    A little out of date at this point 29 years later but chockful of interesting snippets collected from several different fields of study beginning with the archaeological evidence of what life was like for women in the Viking Age This includes burials but of course doesn't include some recent spectacular finds concerning Warrior Women Then there's what may be found in the sagas and eddas at least one of which seems likely to have been written by a woman andor for a female audience It's clear enough that there were women poets and evidence of women's activities in skaldic verse The author also gives us a wide array of the views of outsiders on the subject of Viking women and the final chapter is all about tales of warrior women told by both the Scandinavians and outsiders Nicely detailed on what women wore what others thought of it what households were like and of course it covers a favorite Vinland episode involving Leif Erickson's little sister and what she is said to have done that might have ended the Norse exploration of the New World altogether due to her brother's embarrassment


  7. says:

    Well written and well formatted this book is a fantastic look into the available information related to women in the Viking Age It is cogent and concise and delivers bit after bit of evidence without wasting a word on fluff or filler She doesn't speculate wildly or make unscientific conclusions and sticks to the facts and reasonable consensus Throughout the chapters are also images of interesting artifacts such as jewelry and gravestonesI can't think of anything I would change about the textMy only comment to potential readers is that while Jesch does an amazing job of giving you enough information to comprehend everything she discusses she can't describe it all in encyclopedic detail So if you are a neophyte to Viking history this book will leave you hungry to read


  8. says:

    I will give this 3 stars on account of the information given and the extensive bibliography which showed me just how much research Jesch put into her book But other than that? My god I was SO BORED This is just how I learn but I need a person to get to the damn point I can only read so much about archaeological findings I need the bottom line I know she was treating this like a giant essay and really needed to provide evidence I commend that But what I got out of this was essentially just a fancier version of the stuff I could have found on wiki At least this was peer reviewed though I think


  9. says:

    I confess that I skimmed this rather than reading the full book as it's very dense But it was very interesting and useful to my research I would revisit this if I needed information though I believe I would stick with skimming or just reading the sections of interest as it's a lot to take in


  10. says:

    Perhaps not super approachable for the general read this book is formidable for the academically inclined There is no narrative it is an overview of the evidence and the substantiated speculation by field


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Women in the Viking Age

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Assembles the clues provided by archaeology runic inscriptions place names and personal names foreign historical records and Old Norse literature and mythology These sources illuminate different aspects of women's lives in the Viking age on the farms and in the trading centres of Scandi. A little out of date at this point 29 years later but choc

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Navia abroad on Viking expeditions and as settlers in places such as Iceland and the British Isles Women in the Viking Age explores an unfamiliar aspect of medieval history and offers a new perspective on Viking societyJUDITH JESCH lectures in Viking Studies at the University of Nottingh. I confess that I skimmed this rather than reading the full