Ethics of Empire in the saga of Alexander the Great, The

Editor/s Author/s: 
David Ashurst

Studia Islandica nr. 61

 

Saga Alexanders mikla var líklega flutt Noregskonungum veturinn 1263 af Íslendingnum Brandi Jónssyni sem þá var nýskipaður biskup á Hólum en árið áður létu Íslendingar undan þrýstingi og gengu Noregskonungi á hönd. Með þessa atburði í huga, en þó án þess að leggja á þá of mikla áherslu, ber höfundur bókarinnar saman hugsunarháttinn í sögunni við heimildirnar sem stuðst var við í Sögu Alexanders, Alexandreis eftir Gautier de Châtillon (Walter of Chatillon), þekktasta epíska kvæði miðalda.

 

Alexanders saga, the saga of Alexander the Great, was most probably presented by an Icelander as a gift to the joint kings of Norway in the winter of 1262-3. The Icelander, abbot Brandr Jónsson, had just been appointed bishop of Hólar by the Norwegian hierarchy, thus becoming the first native of Iceland for several decades to occupy an Icelandic see. And 1262 was the very year in which Iceland finally succumbed to pressure and became part of the Norwegian empire. Keeping these events in sight without laying undue emphasis on them, The Ethics of Empire examines the thinking of the saga in contrast with that of its source, Walter of Chatillon´s Alexandreis, the most successful Latin epic of the Middle Ages.

Published: 
2009
ISBN: 
9789979548614
Work number: 
U200945
Price: 
ISK 3900 - Kilja