Viking Slaves: Slavery in Scandinavia during the Late Iron Age and early Middle Ages

Stefan Brink

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Abstract

In this book I am studying slavery in prehistoric (i.e. pre-c. 1100) Scandinavia, analysing all possible sources available: documents, runes, terminology, names, archaeology etc., something which has never been done before. The scope is very difficult due to the scarcity of sources, but the collected result indicates that slavery was a difficult-to-grasp phenomenon. A picture evolves with different dependencies between people in society, which can be illustrated by a model with free–unfree on one axis and high–low social status on the other. The book has taken more that a decade to write due to the complex material.
Translated title of the contributionViking Slaves: Slavery in Scandinavia during the Late Iron Age and early Middle Ages
Original languageOther
Place of PublicationStockholm
PublisherAtlantis
Number of pages304
ISBN (Print)9789173534666
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2012

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Scandinavia
Slavery
Early Medieval Period
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Late Iron Age
Social Status
Names
Runes
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Vikingarnas slavar : Den nordiska träldomen under yngre järnålder och äldsta medeltid. / Brink, Stefan.

Stockholm : Atlantis, 2012. 304 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

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