COA10 - Law and Belief in Pagan Iceland

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In this episode we conclude our discussion on Pagan practice in Iceland by exploring the close connections between the law and pagan beliefs. Along the way we talk about oath rings, the assemblies of the gods and a rather nasty conflict revolving around excrement.

Our recommended reading for this week is Viking Law and Order by Alexandra Sanmark. In this readable and beautifully illustrated book, Professor Sanmark reviews the latest archeological evidence for þing-sites throughout Scandinavia. This book highlights the similarities and differences of these sites and provides an excellent guide to these important locations. You should pick it up.

For more information and a full list of sources see our website: http://vikingagepodcast.com/law-and-belief-in-pagan-iceland

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COA10 - Law and Belief

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00:00:00today's episode begins in a rather unlikely location a market tap situated along the southern coast of England known as we're at
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00:00:57this Force you traveled in a fleet of seven long ships have been recently defeated by King Alfred of Wessex a ruler who would go on to become known as Alfred the Great alford's forces defeated these Raiders in battle and managed to capture one of their ships in the aftermath but some of the Raiders managed ...
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By Lee Accomando
Sharing the History of The Viking Age, one podcast at a time.
We are covering the History of Scandinavia during the Viking Age. We're exploring Raiding, Trading and Settlement of Scandinavians abroad as well as the culture and society of the Norse homelands.
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