Feuding, I: What is Feud? Solving Problems with an Axe (ft. Beowulf)
Many of the great sagas and ancient lore from the medieval North recount endless, bloody feuds between generations of prominent families: a conflict ends, peace is made, and two families become one through marriage—but slander, envy, and old wounds spoil the sweet sap of peace, leaving only the smoldering ash of conflict behind. But despite the fact that many sagas seem to be critical of feuding, it was still a sophisticated process with social norms and appropriate procedures imbedded into it. This podcast episode serves as an introduction to the complex world of feuding in the medieval North, which will help everyone to better understand and enjoy its fascinating literature and lore.
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- Lee from the Viking Age Podcast
- Siobhán Clark from The Myths Legends & Lore Podcast
- Kevin McAllister from Going Viking
- John and Andy from Saga Thing
- Luke and Dan from the Northern Myths Podcast
- Noah from The History of Vikings Podcast
- Prelude ♪ “Snowdrop” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
- Intro/Outro ♪ “Celtic Impulse” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
- Speech ♪ “Blue Feather” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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As always, I extend my most sincere thanks to my dear Fellowship of esteemed patrons over on Patreon. Without their support, this Hall would not be as lively and warm as it is today. Here are the names of those who supported me during the recording of this episode (taken from Patreon):
Anastasia Haysler, Froggy, Jonas Lau Markussen, Kathleen Phillips, Kevin McAllister, Patch, and Sarah Dunn.