Social and geographic mobility in medieval Norway
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionEuropean Review. 2021, 29 (1), 95-100. 10.1017/S1062798720000617
The kings’ travel patterns in thirteenth-century Norway raise the question of the relationship between geographic and social mobility. A clearer social hierarchy would reduce the king’s need for travelling and the introduction of permanent and professional administrators would mean that these people would visit the king rather than vice versa. Moreover, the king did not travel exclusively for political reasons, but also for hunting and other entertainments and on pilgrimages. The changes in this field form a significant part of the development of European monarchy.