The Development of Flateyjarbok, Iceland and the Norwegian Dynastic Crisis of 1389: (The Viking Collection, Vol. 15)

The Development of Flateyjarbok, Iceland and the Norwegian Dynastic Crisis of 1389: (The Viking Collection, Vol. 15)

ISBN: 9788778389275
Publisher: University Press of Southern Denmark
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
Number of pages: 486
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DESCRIPTION

Flateyjarbók is the name given to GKS 1005 fol., a manuscript now housed at the Àrni Magnússon Institute (Stofnun Àrna Magnússonar á Íslandi) in Reykjavik, Iceland. It is the largest of the extant medieval Icelandic manuscripts and is beautifully illuminated with historical initials. In its original form it contained 202 leaves, with the text laid out in two columns to the page. It is so well preserved that not a single leaf is missing and each word is still legible. The manuscript was commissioned by Jón Hákonarson (b. 1350, d. 1416), a wealthy farmer living at Vididalstunga in the Northern Iceland, and it was written in the area, most likely at Vididalstunga or at the nearby monastery of Pingeyrar.

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