The Development of Flateyjarbok, Iceland and the Norwegian Dynastic Crisis of 1389

(The Viking Collection, Vol. 15)

By Elizabeth Ashman Rowe

Flateyjarb?k is the name given to GKS 1005 fol., a manuscript now housed at the ?rni Magn?sson Institute (Stofnun ?rna Magn?ssonar ? ?slandi) in Reykjavik, Iceland. It is the largest of the extant medieval Icelandic manuscripts and is beautifully illuminated with historical initials. In its original form it contained 202 leaves, with the text laid out in two columns to the page. It is so well preserved that not a single leaf is missing and each word is still legible. The manuscript was commissioned by J?n H?konarson (b. 1350, d. 1416), a wealthy farmer living at Vididalstunga in the Northern Iceland, and it was written in the area, most likely at Vididalstunga or at the nearby monastery of Pingeyrar.


486 pages

Publication Date: 1/1/2005
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9788778389275