IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 331: Conflict, Law, and Leadership in the Icelandic Sagas, II

Monday 1 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Katarzyna Anna Kapitan, Institute of Archaeology, University of Wrocław / School of Humanities, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Moderator/Chair:Robert Cutrer, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
Paper 331-aOlaf Tryggvason and Olaf Haraldson: English Agents on Norwegian 'Throne'
(Language: English)
Maciej Lubik, Instytut Historii, Uniwersytet Zielonogórski
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 331-b'It Was the Greatest Wrong and Illegality That He Should Be Sole Ruler of Well-Nigh All Norway, Crushing Partly in Battle and Partly by Treachery the Kings Whom He [Jarl Hákon] Ought To Have Served': Kingship in Óláfs saga Tryggvasonar en Mesta
(Language: English)
Eleanor Bridget Heans-Glogowska, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 331-cPeacemaking and the Figure of the rex iustus in Sverris saga
(Language: English)
Simon Lebouteiller, Centre Michel de Boüard / Centre de Recherches Archéologiques et Historiques Anciennes et Médiévales (CRAHAM - UMR 6273), Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Politics and Diplomacy

The Icelandic sagas present conflict, whether legal or physical, as unavoidable within the context of the tales being related. The methods by which the characters resolve their conflicts provide insight not only into the attitudes of the saga authors and compilers, but also into the social, legal, and military realities of the times in which they occurred. These sessions examine the methods employed to resolve conflicts in a number of popular Íslendingasögur, as well as the societal impact and practical realities of those resolutions, be they legal, social, or military in nature.