Kidnapping the Frisian

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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.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)67-78
Numero di pagine12
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2017

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