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Two Viking Romances

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One of 60 low-priced classic texts published to celebrate Penguin's 60th anniversary. All the titles are extracts from "Penguin Classics" titles.
Paperback, 88 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by Penguin Books (first published 1300)
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Two short stories published as a Penguin 60s edition, taken from 'Seven Viking Romances'.

Is it just me, or are do all Viking stories consist of confusing family trees, abductions of princesses, wanton hand to hand combat, banishment, interfering gods, rescue of princesses, men who are fighting each other becoming blood brothers, outlandish coincidences, giants, and every time a hero finds a remote house where he is offered board for the night there is an attractive but naive daughter who gives h
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Jul 23, 2014 Isabel (kittiwake) rated it really liked it
As I was between books, I decided to read one of my Penguin Classics 60s from the box set my i was given as a present years ago. Two Viking Romances contains two of the stories from the Penguin Classics book Seven Viking Romances.

Bosi and Herraud

The first story, Bosi and Herraud, is the story of a Swedish price and his troublesome best friend who gets them both banished from court, and only a poetic curse recited by Bosi's foster mother, threatening him with lame horses, sinking ships and impote
May 01, 2014 James rated it really liked it
There's a lively sense of humor in these 700 year old stories that's missing from Northern epics like the Niebelungenlied. Fights between heroes are often handled with tongue in cheek, and hideous wounds are treated matter of factly by the narrator and the characters. The sex is as raw as Bocaccio, but there's a frank enjoyment to it, and while women are usually helpers (if common) or maidens to be rescued (if noble), they're quite sensible about things. As with most translations of old texts, t ...more
Jan 17, 2014 Simón rated it liked it
Little did I realise I'd be reading the Viking equivalent of 50 Shades of Grey.

"She asked him where the warrior was, and he told her to feel between his legs, but she pulled her hand back and said he could keep his warrior and asked why he was carrying a monster like that on him, as hard as a tree. He told her the warrior would soften in the dark hole, and then she said he could do anything he wanted. So now he set the warrior between her legs. The path before him was rather narrow, and yet he m
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May 31, 2015 Yara Zeitoun rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medieval
This was my entrance into the world of medieval viking literature, and I really enjoyed it!
Very fast paced and very very interesting. Full of magic, myth, supernatural creatures, the medieval world of the vikings is as gruesome, gory, and sexual as you would imagine it to be.
This is one out of the seven Viking Romances that were written circa 1300, and now I want to read the rest.

Though this edition is a bit lacking -- for me -- since there is no intro/preface by the editor/translator, I would'
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A tiny little volume containing "Bosi and Herraud" and "Egil and Asmund"
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Romance in the sense of adventure and explicitness.
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