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Discover what Vikings did when they were at home in this fun medieval history and literature podcast about the Icelandic sagas. Hosted by two medieval literature professors with beards.

Episode 8: Bandamanna Saga (The Saga of the Confederates)

April 3, 2014

This time out, we've got the bitterly funny Bandamanna Saga, a much-beloved saga set in the mid-11th century and centered around the corruption of Icelandic law by the rich and powerful chieftains of that later age. The saga pits old money against the nouveau riche against a backdrop of legal wrangling and murder. 

Can Ofeig Skiðason and his estranged son Odd Ofeigsson put aside their differences in time to thwart the combined forces of eight of the most powerful men in Iceland? What's Ospak Glumsson (grandson and namesake of the notorious outlaw king of Eyrbyggja saga) doing in this saga? Why do Thorarin of Laugardal's servant laugh at him behind his back? And was there a second bowman hidden in a grassy knoll as Hermund Illugason's band of men rode by? Learn the answers to these questions and prepare your own judgments as you enjoy Bandamanna saga--the saga of the Confederates!