nolite te bastardes carborundorum. (heroesforghosts) wrote in little_details,
nolite te bastardes carborundorum.

Scandinavia around 500 AD-particularly Denmark and Sweden

I’ve been trying to find some sources for information and I’ve found it to be really hard. If anyone knows any information or could send me in the right direction, it would be amazingly appreciated.

I’m looking for information about 500 AD Scandinavia. The basic background is that I’m working on a novel about Wealtheow, the queen of the Danes who was a member of the Wulfing clan. I can find stuff about Beowulf, of course, but not a lot about the actual society that Beowulf took place in. There’s a lot of stuff out there about Vikings but since that’s about three hundred years later that’s not much help either.

I’m mainly looking for background information, like attitudes towards sex and marriage. Would a peaceweaver be expected to be a virgin, what would be the repercussions of an extramarital affair, things along that line. Also, were the landscapes of Sweden and Denmark different from its current condition? I remember reading it wasn't as cold but I can’t remember where and find that again for the life of me.

Basically, if someone could point me in the direction of some sources about life in the 500’s, I would give them my first born.
Tags: europe: history, europe: scandinavia
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