Sword Song

Sword Song

Book - 1998
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At sixteen, Bjarni is cast out of the Norse settlement in the Angles' Land for an act of oath-breaking and spends five years sailing the west coast of Scotland and witnessing the feuds of the clan chiefs living there.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780374373634
0374373639
Branch Call Number: J/SUTC
Characteristics: 272p. 20cm.

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jennybeast
Aug 21, 2012

Classic Rosemary Sutcliff historical fiction – the kind that gives no quarter to children, expecting them to be able to handle literary merit and involved story lines. Bjarni Sigurdson kills a man, albeit accidentally, and then must serve out 5 years of outlawry, in the Icelandic sense. This book documents his adventures, selling his sword service to various lords and making his way by ship around the British isles. Very true to the feeling of an Icelandic saga, but more accessible to modern language.

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