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St. Magn�us of Orkney [electronic resource] : a Scandinavian martyr-cult in context / by Haki Antonsson.

By: Antonsson, Haki.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Northern world: v. 29.Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2007Description: 1 online resource (vi, 269 p.) : ill., maps.ISBN: 9789047419556 (electronic bk.); 9047419553 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Magnus, Saint, Earl of Orkney, 1076?-1115? | Christianity -- Scandinavia | Martyrdom -- Christianity -- History of doctrines | Christian saints -- Scotland | Hagiography -- History | Spiritual life -- Christianity -- History of doctrines -- Middle Ages, 600-1500 | Scandinavia -- Church history -- To 1500 | RELIGION -- Christianity -- History | Heiligenverering | Hagiografie | Scandinavi�e | Orkney eilandenGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: St. Magn�us of Orkney.DDC classification: 274.8/04 Other classification: 15.70 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Cover -- Contents -- Preface -- Introduction -- Part One: The Hagiographic Context -- 1.1. The St Magn250;s Corpus -- 1.2. Robert's Life of St Magn250;s and its Components -- 1.3. Magn250;s saga lengri and the Cult of St Magn250;s in Iceland -- 1.4. The Narrative Pattern of Princely Martyrdom -- 1.5. The Literature on Princely Martyrs and the Periphery -- 1.6. Robert's Vita and the Becket Corpus -- Part Two: The Orkney Context -- 2.1. The Elevation at Birsay and the Translation to Kirkwall -- 2.2. The Earl -- 2.3. The Bishop -- 2.4. The Translation of Earl R246;gnvaldr Kali -- 2.5. Concluding Observations -- Part Three: Martyr-Cults of Secular Leaders in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Scandinavia -- 3.1. St 211;lafr Haraldsson of Norway -- 3.2. The Cult of St Hallvard -- 3.3. The Danish Princely Cults: St Knud of Odense and St Knud Lavard -- 3.4. St Erik of Sweden -- 3.5. Conclusions -- Part Four: Secular Leaders Associated with Sanctity in the Twelfth-Century Scandinavian Lands -- 4.1. Introduction -- 4.2. King 211;lafr Tryggvason of Norway and King Erik emune of Denmark -- 4.3. Orkney: Earl Haraldr ungi -- 4.4. Denmark: King Knud Magnusson -- 4.5. Norway: Two Kings and Two Pretenders -- 4.6. Violent Death and Sanctity -- Part Five: The Popular Context -- 5.1. The "Pagan Hypothesis" -- 5.2. Princely Saints as Heavenly Patrons -- Main Conclusions -- Genealogy -- Maps -- Bibliography -- Index.
Dissertation note: Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of St. Andrews, 2000. Summary: The focus of this book is on the cult of St Magns, Earl of Orkney, who was killed in 1117 in an inter-dynastic dispute. More specifically, it looks at the emergence of the Magns' cult in the twelfth century and the hagiographical corpus which was composed in his honour by Icelandic and English men of letters. These aspects of the Orcadian cult are not, however, examined in isolation but are rather placed within a broader Scandinavian and European context. Moreover, they provide points of departure for the examination of important topics relating to religious life and literature in early Christian Scandinavia, such as the first cults of native saints and the concept of martyrdom.
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of St. Andrews, 2000.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-259) and index.

Cover -- Contents -- Preface -- Introduction -- Part One: The Hagiographic Context -- 1.1. The St Magn250;s Corpus -- 1.2. Robert's Life of St Magn250;s and its Components -- 1.3. Magn250;s saga lengri and the Cult of St Magn250;s in Iceland -- 1.4. The Narrative Pattern of Princely Martyrdom -- 1.5. The Literature on Princely Martyrs and the Periphery -- 1.6. Robert's Vita and the Becket Corpus -- Part Two: The Orkney Context -- 2.1. The Elevation at Birsay and the Translation to Kirkwall -- 2.2. The Earl -- 2.3. The Bishop -- 2.4. The Translation of Earl R246;gnvaldr Kali -- 2.5. Concluding Observations -- Part Three: Martyr-Cults of Secular Leaders in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Scandinavia -- 3.1. St 211;lafr Haraldsson of Norway -- 3.2. The Cult of St Hallvard -- 3.3. The Danish Princely Cults: St Knud of Odense and St Knud Lavard -- 3.4. St Erik of Sweden -- 3.5. Conclusions -- Part Four: Secular Leaders Associated with Sanctity in the Twelfth-Century Scandinavian Lands -- 4.1. Introduction -- 4.2. King 211;lafr Tryggvason of Norway and King Erik emune of Denmark -- 4.3. Orkney: Earl Haraldr ungi -- 4.4. Denmark: King Knud Magnusson -- 4.5. Norway: Two Kings and Two Pretenders -- 4.6. Violent Death and Sanctity -- Part Five: The Popular Context -- 5.1. The "Pagan Hypothesis" -- 5.2. Princely Saints as Heavenly Patrons -- Main Conclusions -- Genealogy -- Maps -- Bibliography -- Index.

The focus of this book is on the cult of St Magns, Earl of Orkney, who was killed in 1117 in an inter-dynastic dispute. More specifically, it looks at the emergence of the Magns' cult in the twelfth century and the hagiographical corpus which was composed in his honour by Icelandic and English men of letters. These aspects of the Orcadian cult are not, however, examined in isolation but are rather placed within a broader Scandinavian and European context. Moreover, they provide points of departure for the examination of important topics relating to religious life and literature in early Christian Scandinavia, such as the first cults of native saints and the concept of martyrdom.

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