Contextualizing the Knútsdrápur: skaldic praise-poetry at the court of Cnut

  title={Contextualizing the Kn{\'u}tsdr{\'a}pur: skaldic praise-poetry at the court of Cnut},
  author={M. Stewart Townend},
  journal={Anglo-Saxon England},
  pages={145 - 179}
  • M. Townend
  • Published 1 December 2001
  • Linguistics
  • Anglo-Saxon England
It is generally recognized that during the reign of Cnut the Danish king's court came to represent the focal point for skaldic composition and patronage in the Norse-speaking world. According to the later Icelandic Skáldatal or ‘List of Poets’, no fewer than eight skalds were remembered as having composed for Cnut: Sigvatr Þórðarson, Óttarr svarti, Þórarinn loftunga, Hallvarðr háreksblesi, Bersi Torfuson, Steinn Skaptason, Arnórr Þórðarson jarlaskáld, and Óðarkeptr. Comparing this list with the… 

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