The figure of Guðmundr Arason (1161-1237) and especially his role in the history of medieval Iceland has provoked many strong opinions for decades. This book uses a variety of extant written sources to reexamine those views. It discusses a discrepancy between the popularity of the saint as suggested by the sagas and that reflected by other sources. One of the study’s main claims suggests that the clergy from Northern Iceland had a vital impact upon the construction of the cult. A variety of means applied to achieve it demonstrate the authorial knowledge of the vernacular and international traditions, as well as of living conditions in Iceland at the time when the sources were put down in writing.
Constructing a Cult
Kathrin Zickermann, University of the Highlands and Islands
In Across the German Sea: Early Modern Scottish Connections with the Wider Elbe-Weser Region Zickermann analyses the commercial, maritime and military relations between Scotland and cities located alongside the lower parts of the rivers Elbe and Weser.
Iain G. MacDonald, University of Glasgow
In Clerics and Clansmen Iain MacDonald examines the medieval diocese of Argyll in Gaelic Scotland between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries, and the clergy who served within it, exploring their origins, clerical celibacy, education and pastoral care.
Edited by Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz, Leiden University, and Stuart Jenks, University of Erlangen
The Hanse in Medieval and Early Modern Europe discusses new research on this unique organization of towns and traders, and places the findings in the broader context of European economic, legal and social history.
Daniel Riches, University of Alabama
In Protestant Cosmopolitanism and Diplomatic Culture, Daniel Riches investigates seventeenth-century Brandenburg-Swedish relations to present an image of early modern diplomacy driven by interpersonal networks grounded in their members’ educational backgrounds, intellectual and cultural ...
Edited by Andrew Reynolds and Leslie Webster
Early Medieval Art and Archaeology in the Northern World comprises a wealth of original contributions to medieval studies, with a wide topical and geographical remit.
Peter Paul Bajer, Monash University
This book offers an examination of Scottish migration to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: numbers of migrants; patterns of settlement; laws regulating their presence; their activities; their social advancement into the Polish nobility; their assimilation and then the eventual disappearance as ...
By analysing cases of Polish involvement in the crusades and collecting traces of the crusading ideology and preaching in Polish sources from the 12th and 13th century, the book makes a valuable contribution to the discussion about the place of Central Europe in medieval Western Civilization.
Marsha Keith Schuchard
Drawing on unpublished diplomatic and Masonic archives, this study reveals the career of Emanuel Swedenborg as a secret intelligence agent for Louis XV and the pro-French, pro-Jacobite party of “Hats” in Sweden. Utilizing Kabbalistic meditation techniques, he sought political intelligence on ...
Surveying the past two decades of scholarship on the medieval historiography of Norway, this book provides a critical appraisal of the principal issues involved in the study of the primary sources and the key areas of scholarship and future research.
Randi Bjørshol Wærdahl
Inspired by transnational research on medieval state formation, this book presents a comprehensive study of the political incorporation and subsequent judicial and administrative integration of Iceland, the Faroes, Shetland, and Orkney, into the Norwegian realm c. 1195-1397.
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