“Ek Skal Hér Ráða”: Themes of Female Honor in the Icelandic Sagas
Rivenbark, Susan Elizabeth (University of North Carolina at Wilmington)
M.A. Thesis, Appalachian State University, May (2011)
There was a separate and unique code of honor and ethics for women living in Iceland during the Viking Age. What was female honor? Were Icelandic women expected to abide by a code of honor just like men? What were some main themes in this female code of honor? The aim of this thesis is to uncover the answers to these questions and present a new and informative contribution to the fields of medieval history, the history of Scandinavian women, and Icelandic literary history. The appropriate way to answer these questions and prove the hypothesis is to execute a proper form of methodology.