The Social Bond in Iceland and Norway, C. 900-1300eBook - 2017
Friendship was the most important social bond in Iceland and Norway during the Viking Age and the early Middle Ages. Far more significantly than kinship ties, it defined relations between chieftains, and between chieftains and householders. This book explores the various ways in which friendship tied Icelandic and Norwegian societies together, its role in power struggles and ending conflicts, and how it shaped religious beliefs and practices both before and after the introduction of Christianity. This work details how loyalties between friends were established and maintained.
Publisher: Ithaca :, Cornell University Press,, 2017
Characteristics: 1 online resource