New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture

The Varangians

In God’s Holy Fire

Authors: Jakobsson, Sverrir

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  • Explores the history of the Eastern Vikings, the Rus and the Varangians
  • Compares sources from different cultures, such as the Roman Empire and the Abbasid Caliphate
  • Reassesses established historiographical grand narratives on Scandinavian people in the East
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This book is the history of the Eastern Vikings, the Rus and the Varangians, from their earliest mentions in the narrative sources to the late medieval period, when the Eastern Vikings had become stock figures in Old Norse Romances. A comparison is made between sources emanating from different cultures, such as the Roman Empire, the Abbasid Caliphate and its successor states, the early kingdoms of the Rus and the high medieval Scandinavian kingdoms. A key element in the history of the Rus and the Varangians is the fashioning of identities and how different cultures define themselves in comparison and contrast with the other. This book offers a fresh and engaging view of these medieval sources, and a thorough reassessment of established historiographical grand narratives on Scandinavian peoples in the East.

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Sverrir Jakobsson is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Iceland.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Varangians
Book Subtitle
In God’s Holy Fire
Authors
Series Title
New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-53797-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-53797-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-53796-8
Series ISSN
2730-9363
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 212
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations
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