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The Relationship Between The King And The Peasants

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The king?s relationship to the peasants is characterized by the fact that he was not usually close to them. The peasants shared this normally large physical distance to the king with the magnates. To find out what was perceived as loyalty or disloyalty in the relationship between king and peasants, this chapter analyses confrontations between them where terms of loyalty are used, with the addition here of terms touching on obedience (skattr, leiðangr, gjald). It examines the confrontations from an ideological perspective. It begins with, and places the greatest emphasis on, the analysis of the actual confrontations. It, then considers what happened before and after the conflict situations, where the question is to what extent the relationship of loyalty established between king and peasants in the confrontations can be regarded as representative of the relationship in general.

Keywords: conflict situations; disloyalty; king?s relationship; loyalty; magnates; obedience; peasants



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