The Book of Settlements

The Book of Settlements


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Iceland was the last country in Europe to become inhabited, and we know more about the beginnings and early history of Icelandic society than we do of any other in the Old World. This world was vividly recounted in The Book of Settlements, first compiled by the first Icelandic historians in the thirteenth century. It describes in detail individuals’ daily life during the Icelandic Age of Settlement.

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The North Atlantic island began being settled by Scandinavian farmers in 873, and the Age of Settlements lasted until 930. Less than 200 years later, people thought it would be a good idea to set down in writing who had originally settled where, why they came to Iceland, and what happened to the settlers and their claim sometimes over the next couple generations. Five early versions survive, and renowned Icelandic scholars Pálsson and Edwards translate the earliest, compiled by Sturla Thordarson (1214-84). Illustrations include monochrome photographs, reproductions of manuscript pages, and detailed maps of each settled region of Iceland. Distributed in the US by Michigan State University Press. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Winnipeg, Man. :, University of Manitoba Press,, 2006
Copyright Date: Ă1972
ISBN: 9780887553707
Characteristics: 1 online resource ([ix], 159 pages, [37] pages of plates) : illustrations, facsimile, maps
Alternative Title: Landnâamabâok


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