Artistic depiction of a dragon in the mountains. Viking Age longship decorated with a dragon head on the bow.
Jan 13, Monty Milne rated it liked it 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, Important as this is as the earliest record of the history of the Danes, it has a much wider interest than that alone.
Saxo was an intelligent and capable 12th century ecclesiastic whose writing has a certain colourful barbarism, but is also inclined to tedium, pomposity and verbosity. And he has some bizarre prejudices: There is a certain irony in the latter, as Shakespeare took Saxo's account of King Amleth to turn it into his magnificent Hamlet - something which has given employment to countless actors ever since.
How Saxo would have gnashed his teeth at that! There was a lot of singing, drinking, killing. I might wait a while before rereading it, but I'm definitely glad that I did.
Bref, cette lecture fut hautement instructive! While anything written by an individual affiliated with the Church is subject to some degree of scrutiny for bias, Saxo seems to have an affinity for his homeland and its rich, pre-Christian history - I'm not sure if I'm overlooking the bias, but I appreciate that quality in his writing.This is a work of underrated importance, translated and annotated in brilliant teamwork.
Saxo Grammaticus's work, "The History of the Danes" attempts to trace Danish culture from its origins through the middle ages. History of the Danes: Bk by Saxo Grammaticus, Hilda Ellis Davidson (Volume editor), Peter Fisher (Translator) starting at $1, History of the Danes: Bk has 1 available editions to buy at Alibris.
The Danish scholar Saxo Grammaticus wrote a Latin history of the Danes (Gesta Danorum, The History of the Danes) in the twelfth century that includes variants of many of the tales found in the Old Norse sources and even a few otherwise unattested ones.
As with Snorri, these are presented in a highly euhemerized form. Saxo Grammaticus, (flourished 12th century–early 13th century), historian whose Gesta Danorum (“Story of the Danes”) is the first important work on the history of Denmark and the first Danish contribution to world literature. Read "Saxo Grammaticus.
Gesta Danorum: The History of the Danes. Edited by Karsten Friis-Jensen. Translated by Peter Fisher. , Fabula" on DeepDyve, the largest online rental service for scholarly research with thousands of academic publications available at your fingertips. May 08, · – Saxo Grammaticus, History of the Danes, around Old Norse sagas and chronicles are full of warlike women.
The oldest of them is Hervǫr, who led an army against a Hunnish invasion in the 4th or 5th century.