On “Konungr Magnús”, “the Great King”
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On “Konungr Magnús”, “the Great King”
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S207987840000961-6-2
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10.18254/S0000961-6-2
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The anthroponymicon of the Norwegian medieval rulers demonstrates that in Haraldr Fairhair’s dynasty from the ninth to the early eleventh century the dominant names were Haraldr and Óláfr, and that the first Magnús was the son of Óláfr Haraldsson born in 1024. From the early eleventh to the late thirteenth century there were seven rulers in Norway (illegitimate, on a female line and legitimate ones) with the name Magnús, but also the name Magnús was repeatedly used in this period of time by the Scandinavian kings (both impostors as Sverrir in Norway, and legitimate and powerful rulers as Cnut the Great in Denmark) as an added second name, though given not at birth or baptism. This indicates that Magnús in Scandinavia was perceived not only as a name, but also as a kind of a title, since the Latin set expression rex magnus served as a designation of a “great king” following the sample of rex Carolus Magnus, Charlemagne, Karl-Magnús konungr.
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Magnús, anthroponymicon, medieval Norwegian and Danish rulers, konungar (kings), titles, rex magnus
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12.11.2014
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29.01.2015
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