ABSTRACT: In 1290, Margrete, the 7-year-old daughter of King Eiríkr II Magnússon of Norway and Margaret, the daughter of King Alexander III of Scotland, begins a journey from Norway to Scotland. Unfortunately, Margrete, the heir presumptive to the throne of Scotland, dies en route, sparking a series of international and dynastic calamities. When, a decade later, a woman arrives in Bergen claiming to be the deceased princess, she is condemned to judicial immolation and burned at Nordnes. Surviving evidence strongly suggests that a popular cult developed around this Margrete of Nordnes (also called the ‘False Margrete’). This essay explores the extent to which the West Norse legacy of this so-called “folk saint” can be identified from what Jens Peter Schjødt calls the “jigsaw pieces” that history has bequeathed to us in a variety of narratives and historical documents. Special two-volume issue: The Wild Hunt for Numinous Knowledge: Perspectives on and from the Study of Pre-Christian Nordic Religions in Honour of Jens Peter Schjødt
“Magic and Religion,” in Pre-Christian Religions of the North. Histories and Structures, Volume II: Social, Geographical, and Historical Contexts, and Communication between Worlds, Ed. Anders Andrén, John Lindow, and Jens Peter Schjødt. Brepols, 2020, pp. 643-670.
“Faith and Knowledge in Nordic Charm Magic,” in Faith and Knowledge in Late Medieval Scandinavia, ed. Karoline Kjesrud and Mikael Males (Knowledge, Scholarship, and Science in the Middle Ages, vol. 1) Brepols, 2020, pp. 193-211.