The Bare-Sarked Warrior: A Brief Cultural History of Battlefield Exposure (MEDIEVAL & RENAIS TEXT STUDIES)

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On the shores of medieval North America, two civilizations — Norse and Native — clash. The descendents of the vikings who had terrorized Europe break and run, quaking in the face of the unknown. Then a lone woman steps in, acting in a most unpredictable way to turn the tide. She is Freydís Eiríksdóttir, the first in a series of bare-sarked warriors whom this book explores. In their darkest hours, as societies teeter on the edge, these paradoxical saviors emerge to perform an alchemical swap: they substitute domesticated, gendered trouble for an unspeakable alien menace. Tracing their topos over a millennium or two, four continents, and a dozen or so languages, this book is about these women’s struggles, their triumphs, and the prices they pay.

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Oren Falk is Associate Professor of History and Medieval Studies at Cornell University. He studies medieval cultural history, particularly as revealed through Icelandic sagas, and has published on the history of violence, medieval political imaginaries, and various absences —of wives, volcanoes, beards?, heirs apparent, and more — in medieval texts. Born and bred in Israel, he and his wife now live in Ithaca, NY, raising two mighty daughters.

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