Explore ‘Saxo’s legend of Amleth in the Gesta Danorum’, on the British Library’s website. Sacred Texts Index Northern European Index. The Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus. From “The Nine Books of the Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus” . : Saxo Grammaticus (Volume 1): Gesta Danorum: The History of the Danes Saxo Grammaticus: The History of the Danes, Books I-IX: I. English.
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Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. The difficulty with the Latin is that the earliest complete version is that published in Paris inabout years after the earliest MS was concluded, and set up in type with many questionable readings and emendations.
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Nov 19, SVRosenmeier rated it really liked it Shelves: A must read for Danes and people interested in European myths and folklore. Thanks to its use of Latin rather than Old Norse, Gesta Danorum appealed to Renaissance scholars and was first printed in Paris inwhich is why the story of Amleth could find its way to Elizabethan England to serve as the basis of William Shakespeare ‘s play Hamlet.
It is thought that Shakespeare never read Gesta Danorumand instead had access to an auxiliary version of the tale describing the downfall of the Prince of Denmark, whose real name, Amlethwas used in anagram by Shakespeare for Hamlet. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
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However, while Hamlet dies in Shakespeare’s version just after his uncle’s death, in Saxo’s version Amleth survives and begins ruling his kingdom, going on to other adventures. As he came, many of the matrons, who had either suffered insult to their persons or feared imminent peril to their chastity, hastened eagerly to his camp in male attire, declaring that they would prefer death to outrage.
The last three bookswhich describe Danish conquests on the south shore of the Baltic Sea and wars against Slavic peoples the Northern Crusadesare very valuable for the history of West Slavic tribes Polabian SlavsPomeranians and Slavic paganism. All-marvelled at her matchless deeds, for her locks flying down her back betrayed that she was a woman. Karsten Friis Jensen, tr.
Norse danotum, the Sagas, and the pre-Christian beliefs of the Scandinavians are all given some illumination by Saxo, even if the illumination is akin to the flickering shadow of a englissh in a draughty stone cell, rather than the clear glare of modern electric light.
Gram invades Sweden after hearing that Groadaughter of Sigtrygthe king of the Swedes, has been promised to a giant. However, Bess is hateful towards the Swedes geta convinces Gram to continue the war, Gram slays Sigtryg and takes over his kingdom. That particular people, the tribe of Dan from the Old Testament, who gave birth to the Jutes and the Angles to their south, and held the peninsula against challenges from land and sea, is a thrilling historical epic.
You need to login to do this. Open Preview See a Problem? You do not currently have access to this article. The original manuscripts of the work are lost, except for four fragments: Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. As a source on Norse MythologyGesta Danorum has been in the shadow of the Icelandic Eddas and Sagas since the 19th century, although before it, the opposite was the case.
The sixteen books, in prose with an occasional excursion danorm poetry, can be categorized into two parts: And he has some bizarre prejudices: April Learn how and when to remove this template message. This would also explain the 22 years between the last event described in the last book Book 16 and the event described in the preface. A bit annoying that a lot of the kings and other persons had the same name.
The History of the Danes, Books I-IX: I. English Text; II. Commentary
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. If you need to read Saxo, then this is the edition to get. The stories are less of the dealings of the danprum as we find in the Eddas, and more with the legendary history of Denmark. When exactly Gesta Danorum was written is the subject of numerous works; however, it is generally agreed that Gesta Danorum was not finished before While riding through GotalandGram disguises himself as a giant and comes across Groa and her band of women.
It is also one of the oldest known written documents about the history of Estonia and Latvia. Jan 13, Monty Milne rated it liked it.
After a very brief period of mourning, Fengi marries Geruth, and declares himself sole leader of Jutland.