Marriage and the creation of kin in the sagas

  title={Marriage and the creation of kin in the sagas},
  author={Ruth Mazo Karras},
IN Gisla saga Surssonar, one of the best known of the Icelandic family sagas, Gisli's outlawry and eventual death result from a tragic conflict between two loyalties, one to his brother and the other to his brother-in-law, his wife's brother. This conflict exemplifies an issue that loomed large for both men and women in societies where kinship formed an important base of social organization: which is more important, the group into which one is born or the group with which one chooses (or one's… CONTINUE READING