Holy Vikings

Holy Vikings

Saints' Lives in the Old Icelandic Kings' Sagas

ACMRS2007

Hardback284pp225x152mm

9780866983884     Product Code: 510181

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Using Bakhtinian theoretical concepts, this study examines how generic conventions are brought into dialogue in the Old Icelandic sagas’ biographies of royal saints. This approach reveals hagiography’s role in saga’s origins and illuminates the depiction of rulers as conforming only sometimes to saintly ideals.

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