The Book of Reykjahólar : the last of the great medieval legendaries /

The Book of Reykjah3/4lar, produced on the very eve of the Reformation, investigates what may be considered the last medieval legendary. The legendary's significance resides in its preserving in Icelandic translation a group of otherwise unattested medieval Low German saints' lives. Marian...

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Author / Creator: Kalinke, Marianne E.
Format: eBook Electronic
Language:English
Imprint: Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, ©1996.
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Summary:The Book of Reykjah3/4lar, produced on the very eve of the Reformation, investigates what may be considered the last medieval legendary. The legendary's significance resides in its preserving in Icelandic translation a group of otherwise unattested medieval Low German saints' lives. Marianne E. Kalinke presents a literary analysis of the Reykjah3/4lar legendary, demonstrating what kind of sources the translator used in his compilation and how he collected, combined, and adapted these texts to suit his Icelandic audience. The book also offers stylistic, thematic, and comparative analyses of the legends. A number of these Christian myths are apocryphal, some transmit folk tales and romances, such as the legend of the hairy anchorite (St John Chrysostom), the search for the highest king (St Christopher), the tale of the grateful lion (St Jerome), the tale of the dragon-slayer (St George), and the story of the holy sinner (Gregorius peccator). The legends belong to the vast corpus of German hagiography, yet the currency of these particular versions is documented today only in translation by virtue of their inclusion in this Icelandic legendary. The book opens with a survey of the development of German hagiography, goes on to a discussion of the religious and intellectual climate in early sixteenth-century Iceland, and then follows with a consideration of the legendary's Low German sources and its production by one of the wealthiest Icelanders of the time, Bjrn Thorleifsson of Reykjah3/4lar.

Marianne E. Kalinke presents a literary analysis of the Reykjahólar legendary, demonstrating what kind of sources the translator used in his compilation and how he collected, combined, and adapted these texts to suit his Icelandic audience.

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Physical Description:1 online resource (xii, 322 pages)
System Details:Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9781442680562
1442680563
1281997358
9781281997357
Author Notes:Kalinke Marianne E. :

Marianne E. Kalinke is a professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is author of several books, including Bridal-Quest Romance in Medieval Iceland, and associate editor of The New Arthurian Encyclopedia.