Why is Your Axe So Bloody?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Tyler Cowen just taught Njal’s Saga in Law and Literature, and he enjoyed re-reading it more than he expected:

The core model is that arbitration is binding, provided the expected outcome does not stray too far from what violence would bring.  The best way to go through the book is first to master the internal story of sections 121–145, then read to the end, and finally go to the beginning.  A recommended guide is William Ian Miller’s Why is your axe bloody?; yes that is the same Miller who wrote very good books on disgust and humiliation.

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