Author: William Ian Miller

The Mystery of Courage

The Mystery of Courage

Few of us spend much time thinking about courage, but we know it when we see it--or do we? Is it best displayed by marching into danger, making the charge, or by resisting, enduring without complaint? Is it physical or moral, or both? Is it fearless, or does it involve subduing fear? Abner Small, a ... More info →
‘Why is your axe bloody?’: A Reading of Njàls Saga

‘Why is your axe bloody?’: A Reading of Njàls Saga

Nijáls saga the greatest of the sagas of the Icelanders, was written around 1280. It tells the story of a complex feud, that starts innocently enough in a tiff over seating arrangement at a local feast, and expands over the course of 20 years to engulf half the country, in which both sides are effe... More info →
Eye for an Eye

Eye for an Eye

This book is a historical and philosophical meditation on paying back and buying back, that is, it is about retaliation and redemption. It takes the law of the talion - eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth - seriously. In its biblical formulation that law states the value of my eye in terms of your eye... More info →
Bloodtaking and Peacemaking: Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland

Bloodtaking and Peacemaking: Feud, Law, and Society in Saga Iceland

Dubbed by the New York Times as "one of the most sought-after legal academics in the county," William Ian Miller presents the arcane worlds of the Old Norse studies in a way sure to attract the interest of a wide range of readers. Bloodtaking and Peacemaking delves beneath the chaos and brutality of... More info →
Losing It: In which an Aging Professor laments his shrinking Brain?.

Losing It: In which an Aging Professor laments his shrinking Brain?.

In Losing It, William Ian Miller brings his inimitable wit and learning to the subject of growing old: too old to matter, of either rightly losing your confidence or wrongly maintaining it, culpably refusing to face the fact that you are losing it. The “it” in Miller’s “losing it” refers m... More info →
The Anatomy of Disgust

The Anatomy of Disgust

William Miller embarks on an alluring journey into the world of disgust, showing how it brings order and meaning to our lives even as it horrifies and revolts us. Our notion of the self, intimately dependent as it is on our response to the excretions and secretions of our bodies, depends on it. Cult... More info →