Ideology and Power in Norway and Iceland, 1150-1250
This book provides an analysis of the ideology of power in Norway and Iceland as reflected in sources written during the period 1150-1250. The main focus is explaining the way that Kings’ power in Norway, and that of chieftains in Iceland, was idealised in important texts from the 12th and 13th centuries (Sverris saga, Konungs skuggsjá, Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar, Íslendingabók, Egils saga, Laxdæla saga and Þórðar saga kakala). The originality of this work consists in the fact that it is the first monograph to comparatively analyse the ideology of power in Iceland, looking specifically at representations of king(s) and chieftains during the Civil Wars period, and compare the findings to those pertaining to Norway.
Costel Coroban works at the “Ovidius” University of Constanţa, Romania, and collaborates with the Cambridge School of Constanţa. He holds a PhD in Medieval History from the Valahia University of Târgoviște, Romania, and is an editorial assistant of the Romanian Review of Baltic and Nordic Studies. He is the author of numerous articles and several books and has received the “A.D. Xenopol” Prize of the Romanian Academy in 2014 for scholarship in History. His research interests include medieval Scandinavia, autobiographies from the Great War and English for specific purposes.
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