Explore ‘Saxo’s legend of Amleth in the Gesta Danorum’, on the British Library’s website. Sacred Texts Index Northern European Index. The Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus. From “The Nine Books of the Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus” . : Saxo Grammaticus (Volume 1): Gesta Danorum: The History of the Danes Saxo Grammaticus: The History of the Danes, Books I-IX: I. English.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Commentary by Saxo Grammaticus. Hilda Roderick Ellis Davidson Editor. In the early years of the thirteenth century the Danish writer Saxo Grammaticus provided his people with a History of the Danes, an account of their glorious past from the legendary kings and heroes of Denmark to the historical present.
It is one of the major sources for the heroic and mythological traditions of northern Europe, though the complex Latin style and the wide In the early years of the thirteenth century the Danish writer Saxo Grammaticus danrum his people with a History of the Danes, an account of their glorious past from the legendary kings and heroes of Denmark to the historical present.
It is one of the danourm sources for the heroic and mythological traditions of northern Europe, though the complex Latin style and the wide range of material brought together from different sources have limited its use.
Here Hilda Ellis Davidson, a specialist in Scandinavian mythology, together with the translator Peter Fisher, provides a full English edition; each of the first nine books is preceded by an introductory summary, and a detailed commentary follows on the folklore and life and customs of twelfth-century Denmark – including the sources of Hamlet, of which Saxo gives the earliest known account.
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Aug 14, Neil rated it it was amazing Shelves: Saxo Grammaticus is far from a pleasant read but is a treasure trove of Germanic legend, although sometimes odd and giving very different enlgish 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.
Ellers bliver du stik-tos-rund-forvirret! Jun 15, Billy Roper rated it really liked it. 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 Festa 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 geeta style are similar, but the content is less mythical, of course, danourm more like an earlier Roman study of the borderland barbarians, as Tacitus might have written it.
For those of us of English envlish in part or full, take heed: The ones who WON, any way. Interesting stories including the earliest ejglish the legend kings of Denmark. My personal favourite story in this book is the story of the coolest shieldmaiden of all time Svanhvide.
Jan 13, Monty Milne rated it liked it.
Important as this is as the earliest record of the englishh of the Danes, englush has a much wider interest than that alone. Norse mythology, the Sagas, and the pre-Christian beliefs of englush 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.
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The History of the Danes, Books I-IX: I. English Text; II. Commentary by Saxo Grammaticus
There was a lot of singing, drinking, killing. I might wait a while before englosh it, but I’m definitely glad that I did. Bref, cette lecture fut hautement instructive! Jul 27, Chris Moander rated it it was amazing. A unique view of Germanic mythology, history, and worldview. 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.
May 20, Joseph F.
The edition I am reviewing englksh 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.
Here are the ennglish of Frode, Starkad and Ragner Lodbrok, made famous recently due to the show Viking.
It even has the earliest version Hamlet here called Amleth. A bit hard to get through sometimes due to the repeating names and denseness of text, but worth it.
The History of the Danes, Books I-IX: I. English Text; II. Commentary
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! Interessante anche notare come dsnorum pone un autore cristianizzato come Saxo rispetto al passato pagano del 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!
Interessante anche notare come si pone un autore cristianizzato come Saxo rispetto al passato pagano della propria nazione hint: The only drawback to the book is that the footnotes, although extensive and quite useful, are printed as a separate volume.
Nov 19, SVRosenmeier rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 engliish pretty much the only peace of literature regarding the Danish kings before Gorm Den Gamle, year 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. Aug 06, Nicki Markus rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. May 16, Dan rated it it was ok Shelves: If you need to read Saxo, then this engkish the edition to get. I’d rate Davidson’s commentary at 4 stars. It’s just Saxo himself that I dislike. The history of the Danes.
A must read for Danes and people interested in European myths and folklore. Aug 18, Jens Hansen rated it liked it Shelves: Only worth reading if you are a specialist or a native. I am the latter. I wasn’t expecting too much, but I really really liked this Matt Hansen rated it liked it Jun 28, Lars van Wezel rated it really liked it Aug 06, Engllish rated it it was amazing Jul 10, Toon De rated it it was amazing Jan 17, Todd Keyser rated it it was danorhm Oct 05, Janet Roberson rated it it was amazing Dec 06, Margaret rated it liked it Apr 20, Rachael rated it liked it Aug 02, Dino rated it really liked it Feb 19, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
He is the author of the Gesta Danorumthe first full history of Denmark. Books by Saxo Grammaticus. Trivia About The History of th Quotes from The first nine bo At this time Fro Frey? When Ragnar heard of this, he went to Norway to avenge his grandfather.
The Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus
As he came, many of the matrons, snglish had either suffered insult to their persons or feared imminent peril to their chastity, hastened eagerly to his camp in male attire, declaring that they would prefer death to outrage.
Nor did Ragnar, who was to punish this reproach upon the women, scorn to use against the author of the infamy the help of those whose shame he had come to avenge. Among them was Ladgerda, a skilled amazon, who, though a maiden, had the courage of a man, and fought in front among the bravest with her hair loose over her shoulders.
All-marvelled at her matchless deeds, for her locks flying danroum her back betrayed that she was a woman. Gdsta a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.