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Fisher, Peter 1934-

Overview
Works: 38 works in 128 publications in 2 languages and 1,412 library holdings
Genres: History  Maps  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Other, Author
Classifications: DL147, 936.3
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Peter Fisher
Historia Norwegie by Inger Ekrem( )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and Latin and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The fragmentary medieval chronicle, Historia Norwegie, is the oldest piece of historical writing from Norway, and probably our first specimen of Norwegian literature. It was composed in Latin in the second half of the twelfth century, perhaps in the Oslo area. We only possess the beginning of the work, but it offers, among other things, a detailed report of a shamanic seance among the Sami as well as a unique early geographical description of Norway and the North Sea realm. Furthermore we are presented with an early version of the Norwegian kings' genealogy, beginning with the mythical Yngling kings and ending, abruptly, with Olav Haraldsson's claim to the throne in 1015." "This is the first critical edition of the Latin text since 1880, accompanied by a new English translation by Peter Fisher. The introduction and full commentary in English take stock of previous scholarship and make new contributions to the interpretation of the text."--Jacket
The history of the Danes by Saxo( Book )

6 editions published between 1979 and 1996 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gesta Danorum = The History of the Danes by Saxo( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saxo was probably a canon of Lund Cathedral, at that period a Danish cathedral, and lived at the end of the twelfth century. He was in the service of Archbishop Absalon, who encouraged him to write a history of his own country from the beginnings up to his own time, with a strong Christian bias. Starting with the myths and heroic tales of primitive Scandinavia, he devoted the first nine of his sixteen books to legendary material before dealing with the first kings of the Viking age and finished in 1285, after relating the earlier exploits of King Cnut Valdemarsson. The activities of the Danish kings were intimately bound up with the monarchies of Norway and Sweden; Cnut the Great, one of Saxo's heroes, whose empire stretched as far as Britain and Iceland, was ruler of both these countries. In the last books Saxo took particular concern to describe the campaigns of Valdemar the Great and his warrior archbishop, Absalon, against the Wends of North Germany. The work is a prosimetrum, that is, in six of the first nine books he inserts poems, which are intended to parallel specimens of old Danish heroic poetry in Latin metres. Saxo's Latin prose style is often complex, based as it is on models like Valerius Maximus and Martianus Capella, but he is a lively and compelling story-teller, often displaying a rather sly sense of humour, and an interest in the supernatural. He is the first author to give a full account of Hamlet, whose adventures he relates at some length, the elements of which in a great many respects correspond surprisingly closely with the characters and incidents of Shakespeare's play. Volume I of Saxo Grammaticus contains an introduction from the editor, and the first ten books of Saxo's work
The history of the Danes, books I-IX by Saxo( Book )

28 editions published between 1979 and 2002 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of the Danes by Saxo( Book )

10 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Bartholin : the Anatomy House in Copenhagen briefly described by Thomas Bartholin( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus : Romæ 1555 = Description of the northern peoples : Rome 1555, Volume I by Olaus( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Swedish scholar and prelate, Olaus Magnus (1490-1557), last Catholic archbishop of Uppsala, lived the latter half of his life in exile. His devotion to his country and his people never faltered, nor his determination to give them a glorious place on the European cultural map by his writings. On his justly famous Carta Marina, published in Venice in 1539, he promised a fuller account of the North and its marvels. This he accomplished in January 1555 when he issued from his own press in Rome his magnificent Historia de gentibus septenrionalibus. This quarto volume of 815 pages, divided into 22 books and a total of 778 chapters, was lavishly illustrated with some 480 woodcuts, most of them closely relevant to the technical matters discussed by the author. The book was an immediate success, and half a dozen editions appeared in the century after Olaus's death. It became even better known in an epitome published in Antwerp in 1558, which was also frequently reprinted and translated. This appeared in English in 1658, but it is only with the present version, complete with illustrations, that the whole work is made available to the English-reading world. It is indeed only the second full translation to appear in modern times, preceded a Swedish version published in four parts between 1909 and 1925. There is little history in the sense of chronological narrative in Olaus Magnus's Historia. It is rightly regarded as an ethnographic essay on an encyclopaedic scale, touching on a vast variety of topics, snowflakes and sea-serpents, elks and artillery, sables and saltpetre, watermills and werewolves. Much of it was culled from ancient authorities- it was a matter of patriotic pride to identify the Swedes as the only legitimate descendants of the Goths- but much of it was derived from the author's personal observations, especially those made on his early travels in North Sweden. His pioneering and sympathetic account of the Lapps and their way of life has attracted p
Gesta Danorum = the History of the Danes by Saxo Grammaticus( Book )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in Latin and English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saxo was probably a canon of Lund Cathedral, at that period a Danish cathedral, and lived at the end of the twelfth century. He was in the service of Archbishop Absalon, who encouraged him to write a history of his own country from the beginnings up to his own time, with a strong Christian bias. Starting with the myths and heroic tales of primitive Scandinavia, he devoted the first nine of his sixteen books to legendary material before dealing with the first kings of the Viking age and finished in 1285, after relating the earlier exploits of King Cnut Valdemarsson. The activities of the Danish kings were intimately bound up with the monarchies of Norway and Sweden; Cnut the Great, one of Saxo's heroes, whose empire stretched as far as Britain and Iceland, was ruler of both these countries. In the last books Saxo took particular concern to describe the campaigns of Valdemar the Great and his warrior archbishop, Absalon, against the Wends of North Germany. The work is a prosimetrum, that is, in six of the first nine books he inserts poems, which are intended to parallel specimens of old Danish heroic poetry in Latin metres. Saxo's Latin prose style is often complex, based as it is on models like Valerius Maximus and Martianus Capella, but he is a lively and compelling story-teller, often displaying a rather sly sense of humour, and an interest in the supernatural. He is the first author to give a full account of Hamlet, whose adventures he relates at some length, the elements of which in a great many respects correspond surprisingly closely with the characters and incidents of Shakespeare's play. Volume I of Saxo Grammaticus contains an introduction from the editor, and the first ten books of Saxo's work
Oration on the philosophical studies necessary for the student of theology : facsimile of the Latin edition, Ribe, 1591 by Jens Andersen Sinning( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus : Romæ 1555 =Description of the northern peoples : Rome 1555 by Olaus( Book )

in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saxo Grammaticus Gesta Danorum : Danmarkshistorien by Saxo( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saxo was probably a canon of Lund Cathedral, at that period a Danish cathedral, and lived at the end of the twelfth century. He was in the service of Archbishop Absalon, who encouraged him to write a history of his own country from the beginnings up to his own time, with a strong Christian bias. Starting with the myths and heroic tales of primitive Scandinavia, he devoted the first nine of his sixteen books to legendary material before dealing with the first kings of the Viking age and finished in 1285, after relating the earlier exploits of King Cnut Valdemarsson. The activities of the Danish kings were intimately bound up with the monarchies of Norway and Sweden; Cnut the Great, one of Saxo's heroes, whose empire stretched as far as Britain and Iceland, was ruler of both these countries. In the last books Saxo took particular concern to describe the campaigns of Valdemar the Great and his warrior archbishop, Absalon, against the Wends of North Germany. The work is a prosimetrum, that is, in six of the first nine books he inserts poems, which are intended to parallel specimens of old Danish heroic poetry in Latin metres. Saxo's Latin prose style is often complex, based as it is on models like Valerius Maximus and Martianus Capella, but he is a lively and compelling story-teller, often displaying a rather sly sense of humour, and an interest in the supernatural. He is the first author to give a full account of Hamlet, whose adventures he relates at some length, the elements of which in a great many respects correspond surprisingly closely with the characters and incidents of Shakespeare's play. Volume I of Saxo Grammaticus contains an introduction from the editor, and the first ten books of Saxo's work
Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus : Romae 1555 = Description of the northern peoples : Rome 1555 by Olaus( Book )

in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus, Romae 1555 Description of the Northern Peoples, Rome 1555 by Olaus( Book )

in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of the Danes by Saxo( Book )

3 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Olaus Magnus : description of the northern peoples, Rome 1555 by Olaus( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Swedish scholar and prelate, Olaus Magnus (1490-1557), last Catholic archbishop of Uppsala, lived the latter half of his life in exile. His devotion to his country and his people never faltered, nor his determination to give them a glorious place on the European cultural map by his writings. On his justly famous Carta Marina, published in Venice in 1539, he promised a fuller account of the North and its marvels. This he accomplished in January 1555 when he issued from his own press in Rome his magnificent Historia de gentibus septenrionalibus. This quarto volume of 815 pages, divided into 22 books and a total of 778 chapters, was lavishly illustrated with some 480 woodcuts, most of them closely relevant to the technical matters discussed by the author. The book was an immediate success, and half a dozen editions appeared in the century after Olaus's death. It became even better known in an epitome published in Antwerp in 1558, which was also frequently reprinted and translated. This appeared in English in 1658, but it is only with the present version, complete with illustrations, that the whole work is made available to the English-reading world. It is indeed only the second full translation to appear in modern times, preceded a Swedish version published in four parts between 1909 and 1925. There is little history in the sense of chronological narrative in Olaus Magnus's Historia. It is rightly regarded as an ethnographic essay on an encyclopaedic scale, touching on a vast variety of topics, snowflakes and sea-serpents, elks and artillery, sables and saltpetre, watermills and werewolves. Much of it was culled from ancient authorities- it was a matter of patriotic pride to identify the Swedes as the only legitimate descendants of the Goths- but much of it was derived from the author's personal observations, especially those made on his early travels in North Sweden
Saxo Grammaticus. Vol. 1. 'Gesta Danorum' : the history of the Danes. by Saxo( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saxo was probably a canon of Lund Cathedral, at that period a Danish cathedral, and lived at the end of the twelfth century. He was in the service of Archbishop Absalon, who encouraged him to write a history of his own country from the beginnings up to his own time, with a strong Christian bias. Starting with the myths and heroic tales of primitive Scandinavia, he devoted the first nine of his sixteen books to legendary material before dealing with the first kings of the Viking age and finished in 1285, after relating the earlier exploits of King Cnut Valdemarsson. The activities of the Danish kings were intimately bound up with the monarchies of Norway and Sweden; Cnut the Great, one of Saxo's heroes, whose empire stretched as far as Britain and Iceland, was ruler of both these countries. In the last books Saxo took particular concern to describe the campaigns of Valdemar the Great and his warrior archbishop, Absalon, against the Wends of North Germany. The work is a prosimetrum, that is, in six of the first nine books he inserts poems, which are intended to parallel specimens of old Danish heroic poetry in Latin metres. Saxo's Latin prose style is often complex, based as it is on models like Valerius Maximus and Martianus Capella, but he is a lively and compelling story-teller, often displaying a rather sly sense of humour, and an interest in the supernatural. He is the first author to give a full account of Hamlet, whose adventures he relates at some length, the elements of which in a great many respects correspond surprisingly closely with the characters and incidents of Shakespeare's play. Volume I of Saxo Grammaticus contains an introduction from the editor, and the first ten books of Saxo's work
Saxo Grammaticus : the History of the Danes. Vol. I. English Text by Saxo( Book )

6 editions published between 1979 and 1996 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Description of the Northern Peoples by Olaus( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Description of the Northern Peoples by Olaus( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Description of the Northern Peoples by Olaus( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Historia Norwegie
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The history of the Danes, books I-IXOration on the philosophical studies necessary for the student of theology : facsimile of the Latin edition, Ribe, 1591Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus : Romæ 1555 =Description of the northern peoples : Rome 1555Historia de gentibus septentrionalibus : Romae 1555 = Description of the northern peoples : Rome 1555Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus, Romae 1555 Description of the Northern Peoples, Rome 1555Olaus Magnus : description of the northern peoples, Rome 1555Description of the Northern Peoples
Alternative Names
Fisher Brian Peter

Fisher, Brian Peter 1934-

Fisher, Peter 1934-...

Fisher, Peter fl. 1979-

Languages
English (94)

Latin (7)