marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
marycatelli
marycatelli

Women In The Viking Age

Women In The Viking Age by Judith Jesch

Scandinavian women, to be sure.  Occasional other women, but only when they ended up, usually as slaves, in Scandinavian society.  And what it is organized about is the evidence.

Archeological evidence, and grave goods.  The only grave good that is unisex is blacksmithing tools -- male only -- but women are much more likely to have weaving tools, and much less likely to weapons.

Runic texts.  Mostly memorial stones, erected to women, erected by women -- it appears they were often raised to establish some claim to property by the heir's raising one.

Some evidence about colonization.  Place names with Scandinavian women's names as elements can point that way, or by their scarcity point the other.

Foreign texts, which may or may not be contemporary to the times.  Scandinavian texts, which certainly aren't, but which sometimes have some reason to believe are handed down, and may include some hints.

Full of fascinating stuff.
Tags: history reviews: medieval
Subscribe

  • Aria: The Masterpiece Volume 1

    Aria: The Masterpiece Volume 1 by Kozue Amano In the future, when Earth is Manhome, and Mars is a terraformed world called Aqua because the melting…

  • Starship's Mage

    Starship's Mage by Glynn Stewart This is the first volume of a series but works on its own. It's also a compilation of independent episodes, which…

  • Quiet Pine Trees

    Quiet Pine Trees by T.R. Darling A collection of very short stories. Of various genres. A lot of time-travel, including a sequence about a…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments