Image is Everything: The Morkinskinna Account of King Sigurðr of Norway’s Journey to the Holy Land

  title={Image is Everything: The Morkinskinna Account of King Sigurðr of Norway’s Journey to the Holy Land},
  author={{\'A}rmann Jakobsson},
  pages={121 - 140}
This study concerns the longest account of the Norwegian King Sigurðr’s journey to the Holy Land (1108–11) and its presentation in the narrative of Morkinskinna as a spectacle: a social drama wherein the key performer, using his and his entourage’s deliberate behaviour, strives to manipulate both how he and his kingdom are perceived by an audience of his choosing, specifically several of the other crowned heads of Europe. Furthermore, their reaction determines the identity not only of the king… 

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En plats i en ny värld: Bilden av riddarsamhället i Morkinskinna

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  • 2008

Centre and Periphery in Icelandic Medieval Discourse

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Everyone wears a variety of costumes in courtly society, and time and again strangers appear whose identity is subsequently revealed. See Susan Crane, 'Knights in Disguise

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See examples in Jakobsson, 'Dulargervið', passim; Jakobsson, Staður í nýjum heimi

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