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Viking age iceland was an interesting read i enjoyed the way byock used a variety of sources from the sagas to archaeological evidence to paint a picture of life in viking age iceland it was a unique approach that mostly worked very well. Viking age iceland is an engaging multi disciplinary work bringing together findings in anthropology and ethnography interwoven with historical fact and masterful insights into the popular icelandic sagas this is a brilliant reconstruction of the inner workings of a unique and intriguing society. While medieval iceland focuses much more heavily on the legal sources this book attempts to use the sagas to reconstruct social structures in the earlier centuries of republican iceland this book along with the authors other works should be in the library of anyone who seriously wants to learn more about the viking age norse cultures. About viking age iceland the popular image of the viking age is of warlords and marauding bands pillaging their way along the shores of northern europe in this fascinating history jesse byock shows that norse society in iceland was actually an independent one almost a republican free state without warlords or kings