Medawlinno;11908633]If you read the contemporary sagas re Olaf, he converted people by force; you either converted or your village/town was burned to the ground and everyone living there was killed. Needless to say, most people converted. That said, once people were converted, certain mirracles were atttributed to him and he was eventually sainted.
You raise a good point here. When deciphering this history as it relates to the OP, One must not error in placing the actions of Catholic secular Royalty on the Catholic Church. The two are not the same.
It is true that the secular Catholic Kings influenced those living in the King/Queen’s domain. Yet the responsibility for food and shelter was the secular authorities, whereby the spiritual responsibility was the Catholic Church’s.
It was in this mixture of politics over the people and their spiritual enlightenments that influenced many uprisings and peaceful results.
**The battle to give to Caesar to what belongs to the Caesars and give to God what belongs to God, **appeared to be the root of not only the protestant reformation but all previous revolutions that lead up to the protestant revolt.
The Popes through out the centuries fought tirelessly including at the cost of torture and their martyrdom, to keep the teachings of Jesus Christ from ever being changed or influenced by secular powers.
One of the more sort of humerous things told in the saga (sorry, the name of the saga in quesiton is right on the tip of my tongue, just can’t remember it) is a Christian convert blessing his mead horn before he drank from it (tracing a cross over it) - his fellow warriors asked him what he was doing and someone responded that he was “obviously drawing Mjölnir over his drink to ask Thor’s blessing”. Converts generally had to keep a low profile at first, or at least that’s the impression I get from the sagas.
“Freedom” was one of the clarion calls of Protestantism that mixed both religion with politics, or used politics to free their “freedom” religion, to practice and believe the way they chose too, such as the example you give above.
Individual freedom and thinking paved a way for not only for the reformation but also for individual Catholics such as Martin Luther, Hus, Wycliffe and others.
Remove the politics from the reformation, and all that is left standing is an abuse of Christianity discipline by those individuals who were practicing Catholics. When the abuse’s of Christian faith and discipline are never the Catholic Church’s teaching and practices.
Peace be with you