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Conclusion Unpredictability And Presence

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This chapter provides some concluding remarks on the study of unpredictability and presence. The king?s exercise of power has been analysed in this study on the basis of situations where obligations to the king conflicted with other considerations. In the main part of the study, about practical subordination, the author shows that loyalty to the king was a highly contextual norm. Loyalty was not so much a permanently defined norm, but something that had to be activated from one situation to another. To achieve subordination, the king was dependent on acting unpredictably, and inspiring awe in the people in his presence. This was the main theme in the part about practical subordination, where the king?s relationship to retainers, magnates, and peasants was analysed. The chapter examines these two aspects of the king?s exercise of power in concerted form.

Keywords: king?s relationship; loyalty; magnates; peasants; power; practical subordination; retainers; unpredictability



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