Everyday Life in the Viking Age by Jacqueline Simpson, reviewed by H. R. Ellis Davidson (1968)

This book on the life of the Viking Age stands out from many of this type in that the author throughout has used first-hand sources and the most recent scholarly authorities, many of them inaccessible to the reader without a knowledge of the Scandinavian languages. She has drawn widely on recent archaeological work in the … Continue reading Everyday Life in the Viking Age by Jacqueline Simpson, reviewed by H. R. Ellis Davidson (1968)

The Giant of Cerne Abbas by H. S. E. Dewar reviewed by Hilda R. Ellis Davidson (1968)

This new series of small monographs on West Country Folklore under the editorship of Miss Theo Brown will be warmly welcomed by all who are interested in the subject, and it may be hoped that other regions will now follow the lead of the West Country. In her foreword Miss Brown stresses the need for … Continue reading The Giant of Cerne Abbas by H. S. E. Dewar reviewed by Hilda R. Ellis Davidson (1968)

Reviews of Pagan Scandinavia by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1967)

Review by: E. O. James, Folklore, Vol. 79, No. 1 (Spring, 1968), pp. 71-72. CONSIDERING the significance and importance of Scandinavian prehistoric archaeology and Northern antiquities the literature on the subject is surprisingly meagre compared with that devoted to other contemporary cultures. Therefore, this concise, very well informed and comprehensive survey of the religious symbolism in … Continue reading Reviews of Pagan Scandinavia by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1967)

The Medical Background of Anglo-Saxon England. A Study in History, Psychology and Folklore by Wilfred Bonser; Reviewed by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1964)

Review by: H. R. Ellis Davidson, Folklore, Vol. 75, No. 4 (Winter, 1964), pp. 287-289. THIS is a careful and systematic study of medicine and methods of healing during the Anglo-Saxon period (from the fifth to the eleventh centuries) in England. Written evidence in Anglo-Saxon and Latin works has been conscientiously surveyed and discussed, and comment … Continue reading The Medical Background of Anglo-Saxon England. A Study in History, Psychology and Folklore by Wilfred Bonser; Reviewed by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1964)

Reviews of “Gods and Myths of Northern Europe” by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1964)

THIS survey of the Nordic pagan gods and their mythology in the Scandinavian countries derived from the literary and archaeological sources constitutes a very useful and illuminating introduction to Professor Turville-Petre's recent volume on Myths and Religion of the North. For some time a quantity of evidence has been accumulating in this field with the … Continue reading Reviews of “Gods and Myths of Northern Europe” by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1964)

Loki in Scandinavian Mythology by Anna Birgitta Rooth, reviewed by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1962)

LOKI is one of the most puzzling figures in Scandinavian mythology. Was he originally god, giant, dwarf, the embodiment of evil, a fire or water spirit, or, as scholars are now inclined to think, a being resembling the Trickster in North American Indian folktales? Out of the many books attempting to find an answer, one … Continue reading Loki in Scandinavian Mythology by Anna Birgitta Rooth, reviewed by H.R. Ellis Davidson (1962)

Reviews of “The Sword in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Archaeology and Literature” by Hilda Ellis Davidson (1962)

Review by: J.D.A. Ogilvy Source: The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Vol. 61, No. 4 (Oct., 1962), pp. 908-909 Besides archaeology and documents ranging from wills to epic poetry, this book draws upon modern knowledge of metallurgy and on contemporary experiments in producing pattern-welded swords. Although it deals chiefly with English swords, it contains … Continue reading Reviews of “The Sword in Anglo-Saxon England: Its Archaeology and Literature” by Hilda Ellis Davidson (1962)