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The Relationship To The King

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This chapter examines how the relationship to the king incorporated the two modes of subordination that the author found in connection with the relationship to God: the unilateral and obligatory obedience and the high-status and asymmetrical, yet more reciprocal and personal, relationship of service. It provides a table which shows a quantitative survey of the use of lýðni and þjónusta concerning the king?s relationship to peasants and the hird in normative sources. In addition, the chapter includes the term lýðskylda, which Hertzberg translates as ?a subject?s duty of obedience; especially to the king? (i.e., allegiance). It is used only in the laws. The fact that lýðni and þjónusta were such ideologically charged terms for the authors of both the kings? sagas and the normative sources makes it difficult to use an analysis of these terms as an approach in order to ascertain how the king exercised power in practice.

Keywords: þjónusta; king?s relationship; lýðni; lýðskylda; normative sources; obedience; peasants; sagas; service; subordination



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