Professor Byock completed his doctorate at Harvard University, following studies at the Sorbonne, Georgetown University Law School, the University of Iceland, and the University of Lund.
- Feud in the Icelandic Saga
- UC Press, March 1993
- Medieval Iceland: Society, Sagas, and Power
- UC Press, February 7, 1990
- Viking Age Iceland
- Penguin Publishing Group, 2001
- The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology
- Penguin Publishing Group, 2006
- The Saga of the Volsungs
- Penguin Publishing Group, 2000
- The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki
- Penguin Publishing Group, February 1, 1999
- Grettir’s Saga
- Oxford University Press, July 26, 2009
- Islande des Vikings
- Flammarion, September 3, 2007
Articles include: “Governmental Order in Early Medieval Iceland,” “Modern Nationalism and the Medieval Sagas,” “Egil’s Bones” in Scientific American (analyzing the nature of an important Viking grave), and “A Viking-Age Valley in Iceland” in Medieval Archaeology.
Professor Byock teaches in the areas of Viking history and archaeology, early Icelandic society, medieval feuds, and Old Norse saga literature. These texts are a key source of social-historical and legal information about northern European medieval culture. They are also the major source of mythical and heroic lore, containing crucial information about the Norse gods.
Field of Interest
An archaeologist, Jesse Byock directs the Mosfell Archaeological Project and is a Professor at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology focusing on Viking Archaeology.