The Manuscript of Iceland

The Manucripts of Iceland is a comprehensive and richly illustrated accompaniment to the exhibition "The Manuscripts of Iceland", which was organized by the Institute in the Culture House 2002. In this collection of articles, scholars present the story of Icelandic manuscripts, their medieval origin, the literature they contain and its influence up to the present day. The meeting of written Christian and classical culture with the rich oral traditions in Iceland brought forth a remarkable literary flowering, and eloquent sources of information about pagan Scandinavian culture and thought. In time this literature came to inspire the sense of national character in the Nordic countries and had a notable influence in the German - and English - speaking worlds. This book and the exhibition it accompanies are a tribute to the central role that medieval Icelandic literature played in forging national identities in northern Europe.