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The Relationship Between King And Retainers

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Conflicts between the king and his retainers tended to arise in critical situations in connection with battles and expeditions. The main question is to what extent retainers displayed absolute loyalty to the king in these areas of potential conflict. This chapter makes a distinction between an ideological and a practical perspective. It considers support before battles and expeditions, and then examines plundering on expeditions and truce after battles. It also examines the retainers? attitude to plunder and truce. The analysis of the relationship between king and retainers has shown that, on an ideological level, they had different attitudes to support, plunder, and truce in connection with battles and expeditions. The chapter concludes that it is easy to spot the differences between Sverris saga and Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar in the descriptions of support, plunder, and truce.

Keywords: battles; expeditions; Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar; loyalty; plunder; retainers; Sverris saga; truce



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