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Richness and risk

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Audun is unthreatening to the kings and no small portion of his luck seems to be owing to that. His luck can thus be counted a virtue by the kings and by himself as well. His luck makes him rich. When a king makes someone rich or raises someone from low to high estate he may expect loyalty but get rather more than he bargained for. Would Audun’s luck have continued to serve him had he stayed in Norway, rich, right under Harald’s nose? Would Harald have been able to resist plucking him bare? Consider this rather grim object lesson about the risks of being of low standing and acquiring substantial wealth; it merits a fairly circumstantial account to show what allowances were extended Audun because of his charm, and because he did not stay long enough for his charm to grow stale.

Keywords: Audun; Harald Hardradi; Norway; rich



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