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Product Details

  • Series: TREDITION CLASSICS
  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: tredition (February 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3849513610
  • ISBN-13: 978-3849513610
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Saxo Grammaticus, or "The Lettered", one of the notable historians of the Middle Ages, may fairly be called not only the earliest chronicler of Denmark, but her earliest writer. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Easy Reader on September 23, 2012
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This is incredibly interesting especially to someone like myself with Scandinavian background. Never got this information in my school education, and as an adult I married a Dane and lived in Copenhagen for 2 years. Sure would have wished I had this info then so I could better appreciate my experience there when there. For non-Scandinavians, the names may be a real hangup. My experience living in Denmark gave me some familiarity with them. They are strange. The lives of the royals and the common people are richly described, and the intrigues keep you reading. I'm still reading it. Before I started it, I read Catherine the Great and find this book a compliment and a different slant on what was happening in Europe. I recommend this book to any Scandinavian family.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erik Skov on January 20, 2010
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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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 28, 2011
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I recently bought the story of Amleth by Saxo Grammaticus Charles River edition through another well known online retailer, partly because the only version I could find on Amazon was a not inexpensive paperback with a 1 to 4 week waiting period.

Saxo Grammaticus was a Danish historian and storyteller believed to have lived in the latter part of the twelfth century. Essentially, he was the first person to put the history of Denmark to paper. His history refer to 9 books of the Gesta Danorum, and the best known of which is Books 3 and 4 containing the story of Amleth, subsequently translated into French and embellished by de Belleforest, and made eternally famous by Shakespeare's play Hamlet.

Whether you are interested in Shakespeare, Danish history or mythology I think you will find this story interesting, as it has many differences from the play Hamlet including Amleth's adventures in England, and romantic escapades in both England and Scotland with the Queen Hermuturde who loved and hated men in equal mesure, and reputed to kill her suitors. So, if you want to get the story for free here now is your opportunity.

The Kindle edition is properly organised and free of typos at least from what I have read so far. As I write, it has not been properly formatted for Kindle, which means that some of the typical search abilities such as looking for specific words are absent, but it can still be read by normal means. It may help you to know that Amleth begins around location 2100.

I definitely recommend this edition. I can only speak so far to Amleth being a great story. I think you will enjoy it, and I hope this review was helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joey on May 20, 2013
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For those of us who love Norse mythology, this is a must read. It has its place alongside the Eddas. Here are the stories of Frode, Starkad, Hrolf, Ragner Lodbrok and Amleth, the predecessor to Hamlet. The translation is a bit old, but has its charm ( the king's English if you will. ) At times, due to the repetition of names, recurrent motifs, and dense writing, keeping the plot straight can sometimes be a challenge. But it's worth the effort.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Iggy on March 1, 2011
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For this "price", guys i wouldn't mind paying really, but this is really great find for us historical geeks. Its a great read, well how many of us do really know something about Denmark? Not much if it is not your specialization. And yet there s so much to know.

The roots of Danish history sink into the antiquity, when the northern tribesmen 1st formulated what it was like to have a law order etc. They were war-like people, and of great ability. Not very different from the Norwegians or the Swedes and yet different.

In this book we meet with the great kings, and the stories surrounding them. Its the archaic knowledge well-worth your attention! Have fun!
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By Susan Besteni on September 9, 2014
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Informative.
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