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Burgundians in the Mist Paperback – June 8, 2011
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Marc Comtois was born in Vermont and grew up in the small town of Levant, Maine. He holds a degree in Engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a Master's Degree in History from Providence College. He resides with his family in Warwick, Rhode Island.
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While I have many of the sources used, it is very convenient to have a single narrative unified in its focus on the Burgundians and events that affected them. The author starts with the semi-mythical origins of the Burgundians (he subscribes to the view of a Scandinavian origin), then documents their appearances in Latin sources, up the establishment of the first Burgundian kingdom, the one whose destruction so impressed the early Germans that they immortalized it nearly a thousand years later in the Nibelungenlied. The Nibelungenlied itself, together with the Saga of the Volsungs, are discussed in an interesting chapter about the Burgundians and Germanic Myth.
The remaining four chapters deal with the history and outstanding characters of the second Burgundian kingdom, which, due to being sandwiched between their ruthless and powerful Ostrogothic, Visigothic, and Frankish neighbors, was also relatively short-lived.
This is a concise, well-written, and interesting book, scholarly yet very readable; it is highly recommended.