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The Bondwomen

W. G. Collingwood
A sequel to Collingwood's ‘Thorstein of the Mere,’ 'the Bondwomen' concentrates on the more domestic side of life in the Lake District at a time when Norse settlers were competing with aboriginal Celts and English for the mastery, and when paganism was beginning to be replaced by Christianity. This book is a facsimile reprint of the author's edition of 1932, which, as he says, had been corrected for the sake of historical accuracy.


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A facsimile reprint of the edition of 1873

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The Life and Death of Cormac the Scald or the Icelandic Kormak's Saga is rendered into English by W. G. Collingwood and Jon Stefansson, with Collingwood's illustrations of the saga sites in Iceland. It was first published at Ulverston in 1902, being no. 1 in the Viking Club Translation Series. It is reprinted here in a slightly photo-reduced form from the first edition.

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Sir Thomas Learmonth, True Thomas and Thomas the Rhymer; he is known by all three names. For those of you who are unfamiliar with any of these, here is a brief history. Thomas signed his name Thome de Ercildune and he was born early in the thirteenth century in Ercildune, a small hamlet in the lowlands of Scotland. By all accounts, he was as normal as the next man, until a chance meeting with a beautiful lady at the foot of the Eildon Hills near Melrose changed his life forever.
According to the.......

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Who was Elfwald II of Northumbria? History tells us his name, but not his parentage; his temporary success against a usurper, but not the circumstances and causes of the struggle. These we are left to infer; for just at that period there is a gap in the chronicles. And yet the period is particularly interesting.
It was the turn of the tide in Northumbrian prosperity, eleven hundred years ago. The little nation had conquered all Britain between Humber and Forth; it had produced the Venerable Bed.......

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The Place Names of Durham

Charles E Jackson
The investigation of the place-names of Durham is made greatly more difficult by the fact there was no Doomsday Survey of the county. The place-names of the county are nearly all of native origin.
The book is well researched and lists the places in alphabetical order. An interesting read as well as a good reference book for anyone interested.

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The Saga Of Hacon 2 Volumes

Sir George W. Dasent
A facsimile reprint of the edition of the original 'Rolls Series' translation by Sir George W. Dasent. The Saga of Hacon presents the reader with an unbroken record of the career of a king who ruled in Norway from 1217 to 1263 during a period when the predatory instincts of the Northmen, satisfied to some extent by permanent settlements and acquisitions in France, the Mediterranean coasts, England, Scotland, and Ireland, had been abandoned now that the consolidated strength of European monarchie.......

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This Saga, dating from the first half of the thirteenth century, is said to have been written by Abbot Karl Jonsson, of Thingeri in the north of Iceland, "when King Sverri himself sat over him and settled what he should write." In the form that it has come down to us, it seems to have been rescended by the priest and historian Styrmi, a friend and companion of Snorri and a contemporary of Sverri. The view given of Sverri here is at best only imperfect; but it is sufficient to show clearly the su.......

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The Secret Valley

Nicholas Size
The Secret Valley tells the story of how the people of Lakeland held out for half a century against the Norman conquerors. The headquarters of the resistance were in a hidden location, the upper part of the valley which contains Crummock Water and Buttermere.

The historical facts concerning Lakeland in the Norman period are scant, and Nicholas Size has therefore written his book in the form of a historical novel, in his own words he wrote: "There are details to imagine, and suggestions to make .......

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..... it offers a distinct picture of the old life in the Lake country, when aboriginal Celts, Vikings, English, later Danes and Scots of Scotland were striving for the mastery...

On the whole the book is not so much a Saga as a work in the manner of Bekker's 'Charicles' applied to the Northern conditions of existence.

The story, when once we reach it is really romantic; indeed it is a form of the widely diffused Jason Saga --the loves of the boy of the Giant's daughter. (-- The Times)

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