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I ve been wanting to learnabout this topic for a while now, and seeing as I kept reading so many conflicting articles on line, I thought I would give this book a go.It s from the 1990s and clearly the field has expanded since then, but by 90s standards, I would say this is probably s good and thorough account.My problem is, that it seems to make a statement, then say we don t have enough evidence, so we can t possibly know for sure and then continue on to settle the arguement, without pr I ve been wanting to learnabout this topic for a while now, and seeing as I kept reading so many conflicting articles on line, I thought I would give this book a go.It s from the 1990s and clearly the field has expanded since then, but by 90s standards, I would say this is probably s good and thorough account.My problem is, that it seems to make a statement, then say we don t have enough evidence, so we can t possibly know for sure and then continue on to settle the arguement, without providing any compelling evidence, except we must assume this is what it was like But if the book doesn t give me a reason or a well presented argument as to why that is the case, I just don t believe it This happens a little too often for my taste The book goes down many different routes archaeological, runes, written sources, art, etc , but it just doesn t seem like there s enough to actually make a case on, and sometimes Jesch goes out on a tangent, where it s difficult to see the relevance to the main subject, i.e women in the Viking age.The only thing I learned from this book, was that the evidence is scarce and we just don t know Which is fine, but I would have preferred not to learn it in over 230 pages in short, this book could have been way shorter Well written and well formatted, this book is a fantastic look into the available information related to women in the Viking Age It is cogent and concise and delivers bit after bit of evidence without wasting a word on fluff or filler She doesn t speculate wildly or make unscientific conclusions and sticks to the facts and reasonable consensus Throughout the chapters are also images of interesting artifacts such as jewelry and gravestones.I can t think of anything I would change about the tex Well written and well formatted, this book is a fantastic look into the available information related to women in the Viking Age It is cogent and concise and delivers bit after bit of evidence without wasting a word on fluff or filler She doesn t speculate wildly or make unscientific conclusions and sticks to the facts and reasonable consensus Throughout the chapters are also images of interesting artifacts such as jewelry and gravestones.I can t think of anything I would change about the text.My only comment to potential readers is that, while Jesch does an amazing job of giving you enough information to comprehend everything she discusses, she can t describe it all in encyclopedic detail So, if you are a neophyte to Viking history, this book will leave you hungry to read How often do you pick up a book about the Vikings and not find a single reference to women Or maybe there will be a blonde in an apron dress or, if you re really lucky, a sidebar discussing women in Viking society.This is an antidote to that problem I want to see the evidence used in this book used faroften, for other books on the Vikings.Jesch has done well in compiling evidence from archeological finds, art, and literature to piece together what can be known about women in the Viking A How often do you pick up a book about the Vikings and not find a single reference to women Or maybe there will be a blonde in an apron dress or, if you re really lucky, a sidebar discussing women in Viking society.This is an antidote to that problem I want to see the evidence used in this book used faroften, for other books on the Vikings.Jesch has done well in compiling evidence from archeological finds, art, and literature to piece together what can be known about women in the Viking Age I enjoyed how the book was arranged, with the most solid evidence at the beginning As a side note, it is so incredible how important burial sites are to understanding cultures The bodies of long dead people and what they were buried with have so much to share with researchers Even cremains can give some insight, so long as they re buried or preserved and not just blown away in the wind.I do feel like some information is biased, either from the author herself or from the written sources she used For example, the writings of an Arab in the Rus touched upon things that seem like he would not have had access to the graphic killing of a slave woman for suttee comes to mind , and may have been colored with a desire to portray the Viking settlers in a negative light Yet the author seems to treat this as truthful eyewitness recordings I don t know, your mileage may vary on that sort of thing See also, she only used the negative saga account of Leif Eriksson s sister Freydis in Vinland, whereas I mfamiliar with the muchbadass version used in the Saga Museum in Reykjavik In sum, this is an incredibly interesting book bringing together information about women from an era and culture that typically emphasizes only the male aspects I skimmed parts of this book Very useful information on Viking women, and incredibly source based It s actually organized by type of source, which in some ways made it less readable for the general reader, but potentiallyuseful for the historian If I want to learnin depth about Viking women, I will come back to this book. I confess that I skimmed this, rather than reading the full book, as it s very dense But it was very interesting and useful to my research I would revisit this, if I neededinformation, though I believe I would stick with skimming or just reading the sections of interest, as it s a lot to take in. I will give this 3 stars on account of the information given and the extensive bibliography, which showed me just how much research Jesch put into her book But other than that My god, I was SO BORED This is just how I learn, but I need a person to get to the damn point I can only read so much about archaeological findings I need the bottom line I know she was treating this like a giant essay and really needed to provide evidence I commend that But what I got out of this was essentially I will give this 3 stars on account of the information given and the extensive bibliography, which showed me just how much research Jesch put into her book But other than that My god, I was SO BORED This is just how I learn, but I need a person to get to the damn point I can only read so much about archaeological findings I need the bottom line I know she was treating this like a giant essay and really needed to provide evidence I commend that But what I got out of this was essentially just a fancier version of the stuff I could have found on wiki At least this was peer reviewed, though I think Perhaps not super approachable for the general read, this book is formidable for the academically inclined There is no narrative, it is an overview of the evidence and the substantiated speculation by field. *E-PUB ⇺ Women in the Viking Age ↟ Well illustrated, closely argued and fascinating GUARDIAN This is the first book length study in English to investigate what women did in the Viking age, both at home in Scandinavia and in the Viking colonies from Greenland to Russia Evidence for their lives is fragmentary, but Judith Jesch assembles the clues provided by archaeology, runic inscriptions, place names and personal names, foreign historical records and Old Norse literature and mythology These sources illuminate different aspects of women s lives in the Viking age, on the farms and in the trading centres of Scandinavia, abroad on Viking expeditions, and as settlers in places such as Iceland and the British Isles Women in the Viking Age explores an unfamiliar aspect of medieval history and offers a new perspective on Viking societyJUDITH JESCH lectures in Viking Studies at the University of Nottingham Insightful historical account of gender studies in the viking age Always love books about women but this one is 20 years old and is dated.