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9935917770 - Alda Sigmundsdottir: The Little Book of the Icelanders in the Old Days
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Alda Sigmundsdottir (?):

The Little Book of the Icelanders in the Old Days (?)

ISBN: 9935917770 (?) or 9789935917775, unknown language, Enska textasmidjan, Used

ISK 1,783 ($ 13.83)¹ + Shipping: ISK 386 ($ 2.99)¹ = ISK 2,169 ($ 16.82)¹(without obligation)
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used books,books, Iceland in centuries past was a formidable place to live. Situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, on the edge of the inhabitable world, the nation was both isolated and abjectly poor. Centuries of colonisation translated into oppression and subjugation from the colonial overlords, and a hostile climate and repeated natural disasters meant that mere survival was a challenge to even the hardiest of souls. In these 50 miniature essays, Alda Sigmundsdottir writes about the Icelanders in centuries past in a light and humourous way, yet never without admiration and respect for the resilience and strength they showed in coping with conditions of adversity that are barely imaginable today. Their ways of interacting with the natural world are described, as are their sometimes tragic, sometimes ingenious, means of dealing with maltreatment and injustice from the church and other rulers. These forms of oppression include a trade monopoly imposed by Denmark that lasted nearly two centuries, a ban on dancing that lasted for a similar length of time, the forced dissolution of households when the breadwinner of the family died, the tyranny of merchants granted exclusive right to trade with the Icelanders, and the dreaded decrees of the Grand Judgement - a court of law that was set up to punish various offenses, real or imagined. Yet it is not only the "big picture" that is described in this book, but also the various smaller aspects that shed light on the daily life of the Icelanders of o
9789935917775 - Alda Sigmundsdottir: The Little Book of the Icelanders in the Old Days
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Alda Sigmundsdottir (?):

The Little Book of the Icelanders in the Old Days (?)

ISBN: 9789935917775 (?) or 9935917770, unknown language, Enska textasmidjan, Paperback, New

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The-Little-Book-of-the-Icelanders-in-the-Old-Days~~Alda-Sigmundsdottir, The Little Book of the Icelanders in the Old Days, paperback