Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Orkney Context

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Our knowledge of the immediate events relating to the emergence of the cult of Earl Magnus of Orkney is almost entirely based on Orkneyinga saga. It is also told, that Vilhjalmr, the bishop of Orkney at the time, showed scepticism and indifference towards rumours relating to the same matter. Further, it is of interest that Shetlanders feature in the majority of the miracles where the origin of the people involved is noted and, moreover, there are more church dedications of St Magnus on Shetland than Orkney. From the emergence of the Orkney earldom in the ninth century the earls recognized the nominal overlordship of the Norwegian kings. There are some notable similarities between the ruling house in Orkney in the twelfth century and the princely dynasties of the relatively newly converted peripheral lands of Christian Europe in the same period, such as Kievan Rus', Hungary, Bohemia and Denmark.

Keywords: Norwegian kings; Orkney; Orkneyinga saga; overlordship



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    St. Magnús of Orkney — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation