IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1104: The Clash of Cultures in the Medieval Baltic Region: Conversion and Conflict in Literature and Music

Wednesday 14 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:SSCLE: Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East
Organiser:Kurt Villads Jensen, Institute of History & Civilization, University of Southern Denmark, Odense
Moderator/Chair:Susan B. Edgington, Department of History of Science & Technology, Open University
Paper 1104-aAroused from the Sleep of Idolatry and Sin: Conceptions of Christianity and Paganism in the Chronicle of Henry of Livonia
(Language: English)
Torben Kjersgaard Nielsen, Institute for History, International & Social Studies
Index terms: Crusades
Paper 1104-cMusic and Warfare in the Conquest of Livonia, 1186-1290
(Language: English)
Alan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Crusades, Music

Abstract paper -a:
The Chronicle of Henry of Livonia is our single most important primary source for the Baltic Crusades. Henry gives a vivid account of the many wats, alliances and betrayals involved in the fight for chirstianizing the Baltic from 1186 to 1227, where Henry’s account endds. His Cronicle cleaerly evolves around the important figure of Bishop Albert of Riga. However, Henry in his account also depicts the pagans of the Baltic. The paper investigates Henry of Livonia’s constructions of paganism and Christianity in the light of the clash of cultures in the baltic in the thirteenth century.
Abstract paper -b:
The chronicle of Saxo – c. 1200 – is a wonderful and elaborated narrative of the people of the Danes from the earliest pre-history until c. 1185. The last parts of the book describe in great details the incessant wars against the Wendic pagans during the whole twelfth century and the final conquest of the great Pagan fortress of Arkone on the island of Rygen in 1168. The earlier parts of the book describe in length how the Danish people also before converting to Christianity was characterised by te virtue of justice and had to fight Wends in the Baltic to teach them, not Christianity, but justice. The paper will discuss this and further examples of Saxo’s ‘converting’ heathen Danes into a kind of proto-Christians with an obligation to fight the same enemies as the Danes did at Saxo’s own time.
Abstract paper -c:
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