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&Quot;Prepared With Great Craftiness": St. Magnus Cathedral, Rǫgnvaldr Kali Kolsson, and Orkney’s Autonomy in the Medieval North Sea World

Grayburn, Jennifer
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Grayburn, Jennifer
Advisor
Reilly, Lisa
Abstract
This project reevaluates the political position of the Earldom of Orkney within the medieval North Sea world by tracing aesthetic and cultural links between St. Magnus Cathedral and churches in England, Scotland, and Norway. The cathedral does not represent national subjugation and cultural dependency as previously assumed; rather, the cathedral and its iconography in Orkneyinga saga embed the Norse earls within patronage and narrative trends of foreign and Biblical kings to make a final, if ultimately unsuccessful, claim for Orcadian autonomy.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Art, PHD, 2016
Published Date
2016-04-26
Degree
PHD
Rights
All rights reserved (no additional license for public reuse)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository

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