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Morkinskinna: The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norwegian Kings (1030-1157)

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Morkinskinna ("rotten parchment"), the first full-length chronicle of the kings of medieval Norway (1030-1157), forms the basis of the Icelandic chronicle tradition. Based ultimately on an original from ca. 1220, the single defective manuscript was written in Iceland ca. 1275. The present volume, the first translation of Morkinskinna in any language, makes this literary mi ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Cornell University Press (first published February 3rd 2000)
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The Morkinskinna is an Icelandic Konungasögur (Kings Saga) that was written around 1220 and recounts the history of Norwegian royalty from the years 1025 to 1157 of the common era.

Theodore M. Andersson explored the importance of this saga in his Growth of the Medieval Icelandic Saga by showing how Snorri Sturluson used the work as a source for his Heimskringla and how both works influenced the development of saga writing in Iceland. Alongside its value for literary studies, the Morkiskinna is e
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