Title: The History of the Danes Books I - IX
Author: Saxo Grammaticus
Publisher: Boydell and Brewer
Publication Date: (1204) 2008
Source: Bought Copy
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.(Goodreads Synopsis)
This is a fascinating read that blends history with mythology. It looks at the reign of various kings and the heroes who fought for and against them, often linking in with aspects of Norse myth.
This is a great edition with extensive and very useful comments, explaining some of the finer points of the tales.
Well worth a read if you are interested in Scandinavian history and/or mythology.