The several sources documenting the events of the Viking Age in Frisia Magnaemphasise the dramatic aspects of the Northern invasions. However, seen from awider perspective, the Frisian-Scandinavian relations appear to be multifaceted andat times ambiguous. A number of Old Frisian law texts refer to the Viking practiceof capturing and enslaving Frisian men, forcing them to fight on their side, and evensharing spoils with them. A Frisian who undergoes such an experience is called skalk,‘servant, slave’, a sort of high-ranking servant. He enjoys special rights and evenprivileges. Such ambiguous status seems the result of the peculiar and not alwaysstraightforward interactions between Frisians and Scandinavians.
|Numero di pagine||12|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2017|