Nordic Elites in Transformation, c. 1050-1250, Volume II explores the structures and workings of social networks within the elites of medieval Scandinavia to reveal the intricate relationship between power and status.
Section one of this volume categorizes basic types of personal bonds, both vertical and horizontal, while section two charts patterns of local, regional and transnational elite networks from wide-scope, longitudinal perspectives. Finally, the third section turns to case-studies of networks in action, analyzing strategies and transactions implied by uses of social resources in specific micro-political settings. A concluding essay discusses how social power in the North compared to wider European experiences. A wide range of sources and methodologies are applied to reveal how networks were established, maintained, and put to use – and how they transformed in processes of centralizing power and formalizing hierarchies.
The engagement with and analysis of intriguing primary source material has produced a key teaching tool for instructors and essential reading for students interested in the workings of medieval Scandinavia, elite class structures, and Social and Political History more generally.
List of Figures; List of Abbreviations; Preface; 1. Kim Esmark, Lars Hermanson, and Hans Jacob Orning: Introduction; Section I: Social Bonds, Social Resources; 2. Kim Esmark, Jón Viðar Sigurðsson, and Helle Vogt: Kith and Kin: Ties of Blood and Marriage; 3. Lars Hermanson and Hans Jacob Orning: Lords and Followers: Patron-client Relationships; 4. Lars Hermanson and Hans Jacob Orning: Friends and Allies: Networks of Horizontal Bonds; Section II: Patterns of Networks; 5. Magnus Källström: Aristocratic Networks During the Late Viking Age in the Light of Runic Inscriptions; 6. John Lind: Nordic and Eastern Elites. Contacts Across the Baltic Sea: An Exiled Clan; 7. Marie Bønløkke Missuno: Contact and Continuity: England and the Scandinavian Elites in the Early Middle Ages; 8. Pádraig Mac Carron & Ralph Kenna: Character Networks of the Íslendinga Sögur and þættir; 9. Wojtek Jezierski: Angels in Scandinavia: Papal Legates and Networks of Nordic Elites, Twelfth–Thirteenth Centuries; 10. Johnny Grandjean Gøgsig Jakobsen: Social Friendships between the Dominican Order and Elite Groups in Thirteenth-century Scandinavia; Section III: Networks in Action; 11. Auður Magnúsdóttir: Friends, Foes and Followers: Power, Networks, and Intimacy in Medieval Iceland; 12. Viðar Pálsson: Forming Bonds with Followers in Medieval Iceland: The Cases of Thordr kakali and Thorgils skarði; 13. Ian Peter Grohse: Strength through Weakness: Regent Elites under Kings Inge, Sigurd and Magnus Haraldsson; 14. Ole-Albert Rønning: The Politics of Exile in Northern Europe: The Case of Knud V of Denmark; 15. Kim Esmark: Social Power and Conversion of Capital: Sune Ebbesen of Zealand; 16. Sveinung Kasin Boye: Constructing the Friendships and Hierarchies of the Clerical Elite: A Case Study of the Relationship Between Øm Abbey and Bishop Tyge; 17. Arnoud-Jan Bijsterveld, Kim Esmark, and Hans Jacob Orning: Elites and Social Bonds – How Nordic were the Nordic Medieval Elites?; Contributors; Index