IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 707: Texts and Identities in the Early Middle Ages, VI: Building Authority in Peripheries

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Forschungsstelle für Geschichte des Mittelalters, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Organiser:Maximilian Diesenberger, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Yitzhak Hen, Department of History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva
Paper 707-aIn and Out: Picturing Scandinavia in Early Medieval Europe
(Language: English)
Philip A. Shaw, School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics, University of Sheffield
Paper 707-bRowing about in the Irish Síd: A Revelatory Voyage
(Language: English)
Peter James Weeda, Jesus College, University of Oxford
Paper 707-cElite Networks and Early Austrasian Identity (c. 620 - c. 720)
(Language: English)
Hans Stegeman, Independent Scholar, Zoetermeer
Abstract

The papers in this session discuss different aspects of a textual history of more or less peripheral countries in Northern and North-Western Europe. The first paper deals with the ways in which Scandinavia was pictured in Early Medieval Europe (for instance, as a country of mythic origins of peoples). The second paper looks at the specific world-view expressed in eighth-century Irish hagiography. The third paper explores the hypothesis that, as early as in the century from the times of Dagobert I until the first years of Charles Martel (c. 620 until c. 720), a distinct “Austrasian” entity may be discerned within the Regnum Francorum. The paper also addresses the relationship between the Austrasian Franks and the Thuringians and Frisians, and the ecclesiastic ties between Austrasia and the Anglosaxon kingdoms.