In the opening to his book, Dale Kedwards describes a school geology trip to Iceland. In one of those quirks of fate, he ended up at Safnahúsið, visiting an exhibition about Iceland's medieval manuscripts. Afterwards, in the gift shop, he picked up copies of Njáls saga and the Poetic Edda. From that point on, there was no looking back, for, as he notes wryly, “These purchases were fatal to my aspirations as a geologist” (p. xii). Yet, as he explains, these interests have come full circle in writing a book about Iceland and its medieval mappae mundi. Indeed, this is a particular strength of what he has produced. The study is impressively interdisciplinary in nature, combining a thorough grounding in Old Norse palaeography, philology, and culture with broader knowledge of scientific processes and phenomena, theories about the world and the cosmos going back to the Classical period, and...

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