Damnation and Salvation in Old Norse Literature

Damnation and Salvation in Old Norse Literature

Haki Antonsson

Hardback
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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

A full survey of the "Last Things" as treated in a wide range of Old Norse literature.
The hope of salvation and the fear of damnation were fundamental in the Middle Ages. Surprisingly, however, this topic, as reflected in Old Norse literature, has received limited critical attention.This book addresses this lacuna in the scholarship, from two major perspectives. Firstly, it examines how the twin themes of damnation and salvation interact with other more familiar and better explored topoi, such as the life-cycle, the moment of death, and the material world. Secondly, it looks at how issues relating to damnation and salvation influence the structure of texts, with regard both to individual scenes and poems and sagas as a whole. The author argues that comparable features and patterns reoccur throughout the corpus, albeit with individual variations contingent on the relevant historical and literary context. A broad range of the literature is considered, including Sagas of Icelanders, Kings' sagas, Contemporary Sagas, Legendary sagas and poems of Christian instruction.

Haki Antonsson is Senior Lecturer in Medieval Scandinavian Studies, University College London.

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Details

July 2018
272 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Old Norse Literature
ISBN: 9781843845072
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB, 1DNC, 2ACSX, 3F
BISAC LIT011000
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Confession and Penance
Life's Journey Towards Salvation: Salvation and the Biographical Pattern
Betrayal
Outlaws and Marginal Figures
Salvation, Damnation and the Visible World
The Hour of Death
Last Things and Judgement Day
Bibliography

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