How do you say "Norwegian pirate" en Français? (Yes, yes, I know, "pirate norvégien"; everyone knows that.) It's #TalkLikeAPirateDay
, mateys, which seemed like as good a reason as any to fire up ye olde Instagram, and led your friendly neighborhood Archibrarian to seek all things obscure and pirate-related from ye stacks. But, be not deceived!
This is no #PirateGenealogy
, but one of history's great fictions of family history, written by none other than legendary elitist and white supremacist enfant terrible: writer Arthur de Gobineau (1816-1882).
Aye, this small volume has genealogical tables, but they be false! The dread conquérant Ottar Jarl is a but a myth, part of de Gobineau's pseudo origin story, complete with Vikings, a family tree connecting de Gobineau to Jarl to Odin himself, and more than a soupçon of racism.
Which beggars the question: comment-dites vous 'Norwegian pirate'? In this case, you can be the judge, mes chers lecteurs....
Gobineau, Arthur, comte de, 1816-1882.
Histoire d'Ottar jarl : pirate norvégien, conquérant du pays de Bray, en Normandie, et de sa descendance / par le comte de Gobineau.
Paris : Didier et cie, 1879.
call no. ASF (Gournay) (Gobineau. Histoire d'Ottar jarl) -----
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