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Til árs ok friðar : Le roi et le bonheur du peuple dans la Scandinavie médiévale

Abstract : In twelfth- and thirteenth-century Scandinavian sources, the influence of rulers on prosperity is a common theme that was used to characterize a reign. Broadly speaking, a king who is seen as just and legitimate has a beneficial effect on the cosmological order, weather and harvests, while a ruler who is negatively judged brings disorder, shortage and calamity. This motif reinforced various criteria for assessing the sovereign’s capacity to bring abundance to his subjects. In this article, we examine how the role of the king towards prosperity evolved during the medieval period. Historiographical debates have first associated these attributes with the oldest pagan beliefs. But the christianization of Scandinavia did not cause a disappearance of these ideas and rather led to their actualization in the new religious context. Thus, we highlight how these representations were adapted and how they followed the changes in political structures and ideologies in the Middle Ages.
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Simon Lebouteiller. Til árs ok friðar : Le roi et le bonheur du peuple dans la Scandinavie médiévale. Nordiques, 2021, Le bonheur nordique, 41, [16 p.]. ⟨10.4000/nordiques.2194⟩. ⟨hal-03787059⟩



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