Abstract: This article investigates an understudied aspect regarding Knútr inn ríki, focusing on the representation of Knútr in Knýtlinga saga. After summarizing Knútr’s reign in the saga, it points out the historical inaccuracies in the saga of Knútr inn ríki and compares his representation therein to how Knútr was politicized in several other primary sources from different geographies and genres. Building upon that, by demonstrating the possible Danish influence on the saga author and Knútr’s historical impact, it explores why the saga author may have wanted politicise Knútr in this way.
|Journal||Scandia: Journal of Medieval Norse Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|