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1. The Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus
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2. Saxo Grammaticus: The History
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3. The Danish History
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4. The Danish History, Books I-IX
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5. The Nine Books of the Danish History
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6. Danish Medieval History (Danish
7. Saxo Grammaticus; Gesta Danorum:
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8. Two Dissertations On The Hamlet
 
9. Saxo Grammaticus as Latin poet:
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10. The First Nine Books of the Danish
 
11. Saxo Grammaticus: Ii. Introduction
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12. Erläuterungen Zu Den Ersten Neun
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13. The Nine Books of the Danish History
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14. The Nine Books of the Danish History
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15. Two dissertations on the Hamlet
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16. The First Nine Books of the Danish
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19. The first nine books of the Danish
 
20. The History of the Danes :Volume

1. The Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus (Forgotten Books)
by Saxo Grammaticus
Paperback: 374 Pages (2008-02-07)
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The nine books of Danish history from a uniquely Danish perspective, as recorded by 12th century medieval historian Saxo Grammaticus.

Table of Contents:

Publisher's Preface; Preface; Introduction (part I.); Introduction (part ii.); Book One; Book Two; Book Three; Book Four; Book Five, Part I.; Book Five, Part ii.; Book Six; Book Seven; Book Eight, Part I.; Book Eight, Part ii.; Book Nine

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Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, Esoteric and Mythology. www.forgottenbooks.org

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2. Saxo Grammaticus: The History of the Danes, Books I-IX: I. English Text; II. Commentary (Bks.1-9)
by Saxo Grammaticus
Paperback: 528 Pages (2008-01-17)
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In the early years of the thirteenth century the Danish writer Saxo Grammaticus provided his people with a History of the Danes, an account of their glorious past from the legendary kings and heroes of Denmark to the historical present. It is one of the major sources for the heroic and mythological traditions of northern Europe, though the complex Latin style and the wide range of material brought together from different sources have limited its use. Here Hilda Ellis Davidson, a specialist in Scandinavian mythology, together with the translator Peter Fisher, provides a full English edition; each of the first nine books is preceded by an introductory summary, and a detailed commentary follows on the folklore and life and customs of twelfth-century Denmark - including the sources of Hamlet, of which Saxo gives the earliest known account. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent work
This is a work of underrated importance, translated and annotated in brilliant teamwork.

Saxo Grammaticus's work, "The History of the Danes" attempts to trace Danish culture from its origins through the middle ages.Book 9 ends in the time of Gorm the Old, during the Viking age.Because written records were largely unknown, this is drawn in large part from oral tradition and from other early histories based on such traditions.Following the approach of his day, he traces the culture to the near east, presumably suggesting, like Snorri, that the gods came from Troy.He further euhemerizes them to portray them in a more Christian way.The result is thus unreliable history mixed with myth and legend, and thus Saxo's works have often been set aside.

This being said, I found that I learned a great deal about Norse mythology, legend, and more from reading his work.In particular there were some expressions I hadn't seen elsewhere that did a lot to clarify the text of the Old Norwegian Rune Poem.

This translation covers the portion most of interest to individuals studying Norse myth and legend, is translated well and is annotated by Hilda Davidson.The annotations take more than a third of the book and are often interesting to read as she links the portions of the work to other existing sources.

On the whole, this is THE translation to get.Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Latter-Day Nordic Gods and Heroes Rejoice!
The Danish monk Saxo lived from about 1150 to after 1216.His erudition and command of Latin got him appointed as scribe to the archbishop of Lund(site of Copenhagen), during which time he wrote the sixteen books of theGesta Danorum.This 'Deeds of the Danes' stands proudly beside Gregory'sHistory of the Franks, the Venerable Bede's History of the English Churchand Nation, and the other medieval histories of the European nations.Evenmore important, it stands beside the Eddas as a main source for scholars ofGermanic mythology.

This two volume edition, books one through nine, istranslated by Peter Fisher and edited by H. R. Ellis-Davidson, eminentscholar and Grand-Dame of Nordic Scholarship.A scholar's sorce book to besure, one volume text, the other notes and bibliography, this translationis, unlike earlier translations, very readable.

That out of the way, whoshould buy this work and why?

Saxo was indeed a man of God, but in hisbreast throbbed the heart of the Germanic/Nordic warrior-aristocracy in itstruest form.The modern reader senses that, on occasion, he may haveforgotten both his vows and that he was working for the archbishop.

Bookone begins in mythological pre-time with a legendary account of a King Dan,possibly of Greek (Danai) origin , who saved the Danes from the EmperorAugustus.Book nine ends with the life and times of the historical KingGorm III, shortly before Saxo's own time.

Dan's progeny, their retinuesand adversaries, include the widest range of boldest heroes, most dastardlyscoundrels, moralists, deviants, and about any other type imaginable. Perhaps the best known of these figures is the Amleth (book 3), who feignsmadness in order to visit vengeance on the uncle who murdered his fatherand became his step-father.This material came to Shakespeare by way of acontemporary French author.

One of my personal favorites has to beStarkather, whom Saxo presents to us with some license, but in a mostremarkable way.

Starkather, according to the somewhat garbled report,has been condemned by Thor to live three lifetimes, each separated by anact of treachery or betrayal.Books six and seven tell of the old heroduring his last lifetime and his long overdue death.He comes on as aleftover from a previous, more heroic time, before the Danish royalty hadsuccumbed to the decadent, courtly (French via 'Teuton') mannerisms thathad swept over Saxo's Europe."Frothi was succeeded by his son, Ingel... (who)abandoned the patterns of his forbears and surrendered himselfwholly to the baits of wanton extravagance. At variance with all that wasgood and upright, he grasped at vice instead of sound morality, severed thecords of restraint, neglected a sovereign's duties and became a vile slaveto riotous living."Further, "(h)is idea of greatness was tocollect fatteners of fowls, scullions, frying-pans, all kinds of factoriesfor the palate and various connoisseurs in the art of roasting and spicingmeats."A true warrior-king, we learn later, should be pleased to eathis rancid meat uncooked with his troops in the field.Ingel's main viceis, of course, that he hasn't avenged the death of his father.

We readabout Starkather's agreeing to stand by a Prince Helgi, who has agreed tomeet nine adversaries on the field the day after his wedding night. Starkather stands guard by the bridal chamber.At dawn he finds Helgislumbering peacefully in the arms of his bride.Reluctant to awaken theprince, he rides out onto the snow-covered plain to meet the opponents. When the nine find him he is covered with snow up to his shoulder blades,apparently half naked because he had removed his cloak to pluck fleas. They ask him if he wants to take them on individually or all together. "Whenever a sorry pack of curs snarls at me ... I usually send themscampering off all together, not one by one."Spaghetti-westernscript writers, look and learn!

The old Starkather dispatches all nine,but not before he is wounded so severely that his innards are hanging out. A man on a cart stops to tend to the badly bloodied hero.When the latterlearns that the man is a bailiff, "he was not content with rejectinghim, but crushed him with abuse."Two more passersby stop, but arealso rejected when our hero learns that the first has married a maidservantand is currently engaged in the process of buying her freedom.Be helpedby one who has "accepted a slave's embrace"?The second, a slaveherself, is sent "home (to) offer her teats to her squalling daughter,for he considered it utterly degrading to accept relief from a wretch ofthe lowest order."

Finally a farmer's son comes by in a wagon. His interview reveals that he has "a praiseworthy calling, in whichfolk sought their subsistence by a trade of honest labour and certainlyrealised no profit unless it were gained the sweat of their brows." How can you not love this guy?

Starkather's tirades are easilyrecognizable as Saxo's own scorn and derision, hurled at the courtlydecadence of his contemporary Danish aristocracy.

This translation wasfirst published in 1979 but has been unavailable in the American market formost of the past two decades.Buy this book and read it!We need more ofthese authentic histories. ... Read more


3. The Danish History
by Saxo Grammaticus
Paperback: 376 Pages (2009-02-02)
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Grammaticus Saxo circa 1204 was a Danish writer who provided his people with a History of the Danes.He tells the story of their glorious past from the legendary kings and heroes of Denmark to the historical present.In northern Europe this book is considered a major account of the mythological traditions of the area.The introductory material is a good source of information.The nine books in this volume cover a wide range of topics.The book gives a detailed commentary on the folklore and life and customs of twelfth-century Denmark.Saxo is credited with the earliest account of Hamlet ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Run, not walk, to Davidson/Fisher edition
This is the 19th century Oliver Elton translation of Saxo Grammaticus' 12th century Latin work "Gesta Danorum" as issued by Biblio Bazaar and, let me tell you, it does wonders as a sleep aid.

As many have noted, Saxo is what we're lucky Snorri wasn't. Saxo's work requires far more of an introduction than the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda (Marvel as Saxo turns Mímir into a satyr. Who is Mímir? Well...) and Saxo is notoriously dry (and even more fond of Christian moralizing), making this work difficult to get through by most people on its own. Not only that, but what information that can be culled from Saxo under all of his Latin-worship, heathen-hating, and Frigg-bashing is painfully hindered by the poor editing of this edition of Elton's public domain translation.

If you can, I suggest you do yourself a favor and skip this version and go straight to the Davidson and Fisher edition:
Saxo Grammaticus: The History of the Danes, Books I-IX: I. English Text; II. Commentary

4-0 out of 5 stars Accessible . . . but could be more useful.
The translation is proficient, and the resulting prose is very readable.I would have preferred a dual language presentation, though.In its present form, I had trouble finding some references.All in all, though, a good effort. ... Read more


4. The Danish History, Books I-IX
by Grammaticus Saxo
Paperback: 274 Pages (2010-07-06)
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The Danish History, Books I-IX is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by Grammaticus Saxo is in the English language. If you enjoy the works of Grammaticus Saxo then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A National Treasure
The Danish History by Saxo is a serious historical work on a scale coparable with The Icelandic Sagas. For Danes, it is "A National Treasure" and the best available attempt to record the oral tradition of the Danes for the period before other written records. It is for the serious student - not for the fainthearted. For lovers of English literature, there are interesting stories that formed the basis for Hamlet and other works. ... Read more


5. The Nine Books of the Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus, Volume 2
by Frederick York Powell, Frederick York Saxo
Paperback: 362 Pages (2010-01-12)
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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process.We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more


6. Danish Medieval History (Danish medieval history & Saxo Grammaticus)
by Niels Skyum-Nielsen
Paperback: 258 Pages (1981-01)
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7. Saxo Grammaticus; Gesta Danorum: Mythen und Legenden des berühmten mittelalterlichen Geschichtsschreibers
by Hans-Jurgens Hube
Hardcover: 637 Pages (2004)

Isbn: 393771541X
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8. Two Dissertations On The Hamlet Of Saxo Grammaticus And Of Shakespeare
by Robert Gordon Latham
Hardcover: 156 Pages (2007-07-25)
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I. The Historical Personality Of Hamlet; II. The Relation Of The Hamlet Of Shakespeare To The German Play, Prinz Hamlet Aus Danemark, Etc. This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduction issues beyond our control. Because this work is culturally important, we have made it available as a part of our commitment to protecting, preserving and promoting the world's literature. ... Read more


9. Saxo Grammaticus as Latin poet: Studies in the verse passages of the Gesta Danorum (Analecta Romana Instituti Danici)
by Karsten Friis-Jensen
 Paperback: 232 Pages (1987)

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10. The First Nine Books of the Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus: Tr. By Oliver Elton. With Some Considerations on Saxo's Sources, Historical Methods, and Folk-Lore, by Frederick York Powell (1894)
by Grammaticus Saxo
Paperback: 576 Pages (2009-06-12)
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Originally published in 1894.This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies.All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume. ... Read more


11. Saxo Grammaticus: Ii. Introduction and Commentary : The History of the Danes
by Hilda Roderick Ellis Davidson, Peter Fisher
 Hardcover: 200 Pages (1979-06)
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12. Erläuterungen Zu Den Ersten Neun Büchern Der Dänischen Geschichte Des Saxo Grammaticus, Volume 2 (German Edition)
by Saxo, Carl Knabe
Paperback: 436 Pages (2010-02-26)
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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more


13. The Nine Books of the Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus ...
by Saxo Saxo
Paperback: 348 Pages (2010-04-20)
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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more


14. The Nine Books of the Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus (8, pt. 1)
by Saxo
Paperback: 152 Pages (2010-03-15)
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The book has no illustrations or index. It may have numerous typos or missing text. However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original rare book from the publisher's website (GeneralBooksClub.com). You can also preview excerpts of the book there. Purchasers are also entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Volume: 8, pt. 1; Original Publisher: Norrœna Society; Publication date: 1905; Subjects: Folklore; Denmark; Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folklore ... Read more


15. Two dissertations on the Hamlet of Saxo Grammaticus and of Shakespear
by R G. 1812-1888 Latham
Paperback: 158 Pages (2010-08-31)
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This is an OCR edition without illustrations or index. It may have numerous typos or missing text. However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original rare book from GeneralBooksClub.com. You can also preview excerpts from the book there. Purchasers are also entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Original Published by: Williams and Norgate in 1872 in 165 pages; Subjects: Drama / Shakespeare; Literary Criticism / Shakespeare; ... Read more


16. The First Nine Books of the Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus, Books 1-9
by Saxo
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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more


17. The Nine Books of the Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus ...
by Frederick York Powell, Saxo
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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more


18. The First Nine Books of the Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus (bks. 1-9)
by Saxo
Paperback: 360 Pages (2010-03-16)
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The book has no illustrations or index. It may have numerous typos or missing text. However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original rare book from the publisher's website (GeneralBooksClub.com). You can also preview excerpts of the book there. Purchasers are also entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Volume: bks. 1-9; Original Publisher: D. Nutt; Publication date: 1894; Subjects: Folklore; Denmark; Civilization, Medieval; Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folklore ... Read more


19. The first nine books of the Danish history of Saxo Grammaticus
by Grammaticus Saxo, Oliver Elton, F York 1850-1904 Powell
 Paperback: 570 Pages (2010-09-07)
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The book has no illustrations or index. It may have numerous typos or missing text. However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original rare book from the publisher's website (GeneralBooksClub.com). You can also preview excerpts of the book there. Purchasers are also entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Original Publisher: London : Nutt; Publication date: 1894; Subjects: Folklore/ Scandinavia; Civilization, Medieval; Denmark; Folklore; Civilization, Medieval; Denmark - History - To 1241; Folklore - Scandinavia; Literature, Medieval; Literary Criticism / Medieval; History / Europe / Scandinavia; History / Medieval; Social Science / Folklore ... Read more


20. The History of the Danes :Volume 1 English Text
by Saxo Grammaticus
 Hardcover: Pages (1979)

Isbn: 0847662217
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