Saxo Grammaticus: History of the Danes

Saxo Grammaticus History of the Danes Etbindsudgave af storv rket fra den danske middelalder i Peter Zeebergs roste nyovers ttelse Smukt illustreret af Maja Lisa Engelhardt Saxos v rk skulle bef ste Danmarks plads blandt Europas civiliser

  • Title: Saxo Grammaticus: History of the Danes
  • Author: Saxo Grammaticus Peter Fisher Hilda Roderick Ellis Davidson
  • ISBN: 9780847669387
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Etbindsudgave af storv rket fra den danske middelalder i Peter Zeebergs roste nyovers ttelse Smukt illustreret af Maja Lisa Engelhardt.Saxos v rk skulle bef ste Danmarks plads blandt Europas civiliserede lande omkring r 1200 Blodige heltesagn, muntre anekdoter og bev gende k rlighedshistorier fletter sig sammen i den store beretning om danskernes vej fra hedenskab til kEtbindsudgave af storv rket fra den danske middelalder i Peter Zeebergs roste nyovers ttelse Smukt illustreret af Maja Lisa Engelhardt.Saxos v rk skulle bef ste Danmarks plads blandt Europas civiliserede lande omkring r 1200 Blodige heltesagn, muntre anekdoter og bev gende k rlighedshistorier fletter sig sammen i den store beretning om danskernes vej fra hedenskab til kristendom Udgivet i samarbejde med Det Danske Sprog og Litteraturselskab.

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    1. Saxo Grammaticus is far from a pleasant read but is a treasure trove of Germanic legend, although sometimes odd and giving very different versions to the legends contained in Eddic poetry and saga material, it's still essential reading. The added bonus to the Brewer edition is the inclusion of Davidson's book length introduction and commentary. The commentary provides a useful tool for readers wishing to compare Saxo's legends with the Old English, Icelandic and German versions.

    2. Et godt råd til alle, der har tænkt sig at give sig i kast med den her bog: Start op med at læse om danske middelalderkonger! Saxo er så absolut ikke god til årstal eller genealogi, derfor er det en god hjælp, at have læst lidt op på kongerækken først. Ellers bliver du stik-tos-rund-forvirret! Så er det sagt.

    3. Interesting stories including the earliest of the legend kings of Denmark. My personal favourite story in this book is the story of the coolest shieldmaiden of all time Svanhvide.

    4. Important as this is as the earliest record of the history of the Danes, it has a much wider interest than that alone. Norse mythology, the Sagas, and the pre-Christian beliefs of the Scandinavians are all given some illumination by Saxo, even if the illumination is akin to the flickering shadow of a candle in a draughty stone cell, rather than the clear glare of modern electric light. Saxo was an intelligent and capable 12th century ecclesiastic whose writing has a certain colourful barbarism, [...]

    5. That particular people, the tribe of Dan from the Old Testament, who gave birth to the Jutes and the Angles to their south, and held the peninsula against challenges from land and sea, is a thrilling historical epic. The original was written about the same time Snorri was recording the history of the Icelanders and, by extension, the Norse, so the tone and style are similar, but the content is less mythical, of course, reading more like an earlier Roman study of the borderland barbarians, as Tac [...]

    6. The edition I am reviewing is of an old translation by Oliver Elton. Although it uses the English we know from the King James' bible, it still has its charm. Here is a book that all lovers of Norse mythology should have. The stories are less of the dealings of the gods as we find in the Eddas, and more with the legendary history of Denmark. Think of it as Denmark's version of Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of England. Here are the stories of Frode, Starkad and Ragner Lodbrok, made f [...]

    7. Che faticaccia leggere la storia cronologica di un popolo priva di un qualsiasi riferimento se non vago a eventi o date che permettano di contestualizzare correttamente gli eventi stessi! Ma il fascino delle gesta di questi uomini grezzoni è tanto.Interessante il libro dedicato ad Amleth, futuro Hamlet di più grande fama, che praticamente è una versione in prosa della tragedia shakespeariana. Interessante anche notare come si pone un autore cristianizzato come Saxo rispetto al passato pagano [...]

    8. Not the easiest read, and some chapters/books were easier to follow than others. Chapter/Book 2 consisted of the story of a prince who attempted to avenge the killing of his father by his uncle, which Shakespeare took some significant elements from and turned into Hamlet. Chapter/Book 9 was about Ragnar Lodbrok and his sons which is always fun to read about. There was a lot of singing, drinking, killing. . . goodtimes. I might wait a while before rereading it, but I'm definitely glad that I did. [...]

    9. the gesta danorum is lotsa fun, drawn, like herodotos, from all kinds of dubious source materials. includes famously the source text for hamlet, though it arises from the period wherein scandinavia was christianizing, an arena of theologic discord. shakespeare presents denmark as though it were a protestant kingdom, as in his own time--but at best it was catholic space at the time SG was writing--and the legend itself is retroactive to pagan times. so, several levels of conflation here!

    10. Saxo Grammaticus’s early-13th-century HISTORY OF THE DANES is a fascinating account of the (mostly legendary) Danish kings, and versions of many of the same stories are found in the Icelandic sagas and poetry. THE HISTORY OF THE DANES is perhaps best known as the earliest source for the Hamlet story, and for many people, that alone should be worth the price of admission. The only drawback to the book is that the footnotes, although extensive and quite useful, are printed as a separate volume.

    11. A long and interesting tale of the Danes past. A nice mixture of facts, folklore and history.It is clear that it is Absalon him self who ordered this book to be written, but still pretty much the only peace of literature regarding the Danish kings before Gorm Den Gamle, year 1200. A bit annoying that a lot of the kings and other persons had the same name. It makes it pretty hard to remember who was who etc.

    12. This is a fascinating read that blends history with mythology. It looks at the reign of various kings and the heroes who fought for and against them, often linking in with aspects of Norse myth.This is a great edition with extensive and very useful comments, explaining some of the finer points of the tales.Well worth a read if you are interested in Scandinavian history and/or mythology.

    13. If you need to read Saxo, then this is the edition to get. I'd rate Davidson's commentary at 4 stars. It's just Saxo himself that I dislike. ;-)

    14. I wasn't expecting too much, but I really really liked this loads of interesting material (to me)on mythology and heroic literature

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