06 – Feuding, I: What is Feud? Solving Problems with an Axe (ft. Beowulf)

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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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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.

🦉 Have trouble hearing? Don’t worry, this podcast episode is also available in written format as a Hearthside History blog post.

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