"Prepared with great craftiness": St. Magnus Cathedral, Rǫgnvaldr Kali Kolsson, and Orkney’s Autonomy in the Medieval North Sea World
Grayburn, Jennifer, History of Art and Architecture - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Reilly, Lisa, Department of Architectural History, University of Virginia
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.
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
architecture, medieval, Orkney, Icelandic sagas
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