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Of Chronicles and Kings

National Saints and the Emergence of Nation States in the High Middle Ages

This volume collects the proceedings of a symposium on the manuscript Kiel, University Library S. H. 8 A. 80, which contains the earliest copy of the so-called “Roskilde Chronicle” as well as the complete monastic Offices and Masses of the Danish saint Knud Lavard. Thirteen scholars offer a variety of analyses of the manuscript, including studies of the crusades and crusaders in the liturgy, kingship and sanctity in the lives of British and Scandinavian saints, and the writing of patriotic history.

366 pages | 15 halftones | 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2015

Danish Humanist Texts and Studies

History: European History

Medieval Studies

Music: General Music

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Table of Contents


The Difficulty of Composing Patriotic History in the Twelfth Century: An Essay on Essays
Eric Christiansen

“Only through time time is conquered”: Liturgy, History and the Timeless Aspirations of the Temporal
Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn

Creating a Crusader Saint: Canute Lavard and Others of that Ilk
Kurt Villads Jensen

Kanute, cuius est Dacia? Knud Lavard, dux danorum: Murdered or Martyred? 
John Bergsagel

The Significance of 25 June, 1170
Thomas Riis

Knes Kanutus: Knud Lavard’s Political Project
John H. Lind

The Image of St Knud Lavard in his Liturgical Offices and its Historical Impact
Nils Holger Petersen

Kingship and Santicity in the Historia in Honour of St Canutus Rex
Roman Hankeln

Martyr preciose, miles Christi: St Erik in Chant and Legend
Ann-Marie Nilsson

The Liturgical Commemoration of Thomas of Canterbury in Scandinavia: The First Thirty Years, 1173-1203
John Toy

Gens Laudum titulis concrepet Anglica: The Proper Office for St Oswin, King of Deira
David Hiley

Life, Legend and Liturgy: The Case of St Mildred
John Caldwell

“Last Man Standing”: St David of Menevia
Owain Tudor Edwards

Notes on Contributors
Appendix: Programme of the Symposium’s Closing Concert

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