Sixty-Six Manuscripts From the Arnamagnæan Collection

Edited by Matthew J. Driscoll and Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir

Sixty-Six Manuscripts From the Arnamagnæan Collection

Edited by Matthew J. Driscoll and Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir

Distributed for Museum Tusculanum Press

248 pages | 154 color plates, 5 halftones | 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 | © 2014
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9788763542647 Published June 2015 NFS UK, IRELAND, AND SCANDINAVIA
This volume commemorates the three-hundred-fiftieth anniversary of the birth of the Icelandic scholar and antiquarian Árni Magnússon, who served as secretary of the Royal Archives and professor of Danish antiquities at the University of Copenhagen, in addition to building the most important collection of early Scandinavian manuscripts in existence. The book presents descriptions of sixty-six manuscripts from the collection, one for each year of Magnusson’s life, complemented by high-quality color photographs, a comprehensive introduction to Magnússon’s life, and a chapter on book production in the medieval period.
Contents
Manuscripts on the brain—Árni Magnússon, collector
Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir
 
Codex Wormianus—Nordic mythology
Peter Springborg
 
Eddic poems and skaldic learning
GudrúnNordal
 
Edda oblongata
Margrét Eggertsdóttir
 
A short history of the kings of Norway
Matthew Driscoll
 
The oldest saga in Iceland—Oddr Snorrason’s saga of Olaf Tryggvason
Annette Lassen
 
Codex Frisianus
Jonna Louis-Jensen
 
A fragment of the younger redaction of the lost Skjöldunga saga
Annette Lassen
 
The first steps of a scholar
Tereza Lansing
 
A divided codex
Silvia Hufnagel
 
The oldest fragment of an Íslendingasaga
Alex Speed Kjeldsen
 
Kentill Jörundsson’s copy of Egils saga
Margrét Eggertsdóttir
 
Egill Skallagrímsson’s new clothes
Svanhildur Óskarsdottir
 
Yeykjabók—Njáls saga’s many travels
Ellert Por Jóhannsson
 
From Gísla saga to dust-jacket
Pórdur Ingi Gudjónsson
 
The book of Mödruvellir
Gudvardur Már Gunnlaugsson
 
Brothers in arms
Jóhanna Katrín Fridriksdóttir

The book of Reykjarfjördur
Gudrún Ása Grímsdóttir
 
A bishop’s sagas
Gudrún Ása Grímsdóttir
 
The book of Icelanders
Margrét Eggertsdóttir
 
Hauksbók
Emily Lethbridge
 
Universal history for nuns
Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir
 
A map of Jerusalem
Soffía Gudny Gudmundsdóttir
 
A world chronicle in a pastoral manual
Sverrir Tómasson
 
A handbook for a prince
Jeffrey S. Love
 
King Magnus the Lawmender’s Code
Vidar Pálsson
 
AM 28 8vo—Codex runicus
Britta Olrik Frederiksen
 
The archiepiscopal see’s law code
Britta Olrik Frederiksen
 
Jyske Lov in folio-format
Britta Olrik Frederiksen
 
Commonwealth law
Vidar Pálsson
 
Ancient annals
Gudrún Ása Grímsdóttir
 
Ivar Bårdsson’s description of Greenland
Matthew Driscoll
 
Chronicon Skibyense
Contemporary history from the time of the Danish reformation
Anne Mette Hansen
 
Helga’s book—catholic songs and Lutheran hymns
Gudrún Nordal
 
Bishop Gissur Einarsson’s cartulary
Gudvardur Már Gunnlaugsson
 
The Icelandic land register
Sigurgeir Steingrímsson
 
A handful of charters
Norwegian crusaders ~ Jeffrey S. Love
Harsh words at Papa stour, anno 1299 ~ Matthew Driscoll
A church charter on a gradual leaf ~ Gudrún Ása Grímsdóttir
A priest buys land ~ Gudrún Ása Grímsdóttir
A medieval prenuptial agreement ~ Gudrún Ása Grímsdóttir
May all good men remember Porbjörg’s soul ~ Gudrún Ása Grímsdóttir
Title deeds from the St. Clara Convent archive ~ Anne Mette Hansen
 
Picking up the pieces
Árni Heimir Ingólfsson
 
The Vatnsfjördur psalter
Jonna Louis-Jensen
 
The labours of the month
Jeffrey S. Love
 
Finding the Sunday letter
Hallgrínmur J. Ámundason
 
The troll-wife’s calendar
Svanhildur Gunnardsóttir
 
Uncanny beasts
Svanhildur Gunnardsóttir
 
The Icelandic model book
Soffía Gudny Gudmundsdóttir
 
Old homilies
Haraldur Bernhardsson
 
Stjórn, the Old Testament in Old Norse
Haraldur Bernhardsson
 
A Spanish rarity
Matthew Driscoll
 
Plácitus drápa—the Oldest preserved copy of a drápa
Jonna Louis-Jensen
 
Miracles and saints’ lives
Simonetta Battista
 
The office of St. Porlákr
Árni Heimir Ingólfsson
 
The saga of St. Nicholas
Sverrir Tómasson
 
The legend of St. Margaret
Ludger Zeevaert
 
Kirkjubæjarbók—a picket-sized female legendary
Simonetta Battista
 
Roman wars on Icelandic vellum
Porbjorg Helgadóttir
 
Alexanders saga—Alexander the great in Icelandic
Alex Speed Kjeldsen
 
Charles the great and other champions of the church in Iceland around 1500
Christopher Sanders
 
Codex Askabyensis
Britta Olrik Frederiksen
 
From a bishop’s mitre
Peter Springborg
 
Censored
Sverrir Tómasson
 
A book of rhymes the thickness of a handbreadth
Rosa Pórsteindóttir
 
Remembrance of music past
Árni Heimir Ingólfsson
 
A schoolteacher’s handbook?
Britta Olrik Frederiksen
 
Cousin Gudlaug’s calendar
Gudrún Ingólfsdóttir
 
Life at Árni Magnússon’s childhood home
Margrét Eggertsdóttir
 
The Arnamagnæan leechbook
Anne Mette Hansen
 
Marine Jespersdatter’s prayer book
Anne Mette Hansen
 
A book of verse from vigor
Dórunn Sigurdardóttir
 
Book production in the Middle Ages
Soffía Gudny Gudmundsdóttir and Laufey Gudnadóttir (with Anne Mette Hansen)
 
Afterword
Index of manuscripts
List of citations
List of illustrations
Index of persons
Index of titles
Contributors
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