Bjørn Poulsen and Søren Michael Sinbaek (eds.) Brepols, £79.00
Recent advances in settlement archaeology have uncovered a treasure trove of new information about social power in Early Medieval Scandinavia, and this comprehensive work brings together 17 papers, ranging from landholding and the changing influence of royal and Church authorities, to insights into all levels of society from the aristocracy to slaves. Beginning with a useful overview of previous scholarship on the subject, subsequent articles discuss material evidence from the vocabulary of power in runic inscriptions to signifiers of social and military rank in burials. A useful and wide-ranging compilation.
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