IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1513: Cults, Relics, and Spreading the True Faith in Early Medieval Europe

Thursday 15 July 2004, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Poul Martin Ploug Pedersen, Institute for Greek & Latin, Københavns Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Michael H. Gelting, Centre for Scandinavian Studies King's College University of Aberdeen 24 High Street OLD ABERDEEN AB24 3EB
Paper 1513-a'Martyrio coronatus est': Martyrdom and its Meanings in the Hagiography of the Continental Missionaries
(Language: English)
Martin Ryan, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Index terms: Hagiography
Paper 1513-bBy the Bones of those Gone before Me
(Language: English)
Poul Martin Ploug Pedersen, Institute for Greek & Latin, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Hagiography
Paper 1513-cSaints as Means of Christian Propaganda in the Clash with the Pre-Christian Religion in Scandinavia: Narratives on Missionaries' Strategies
(Language: English)
Bertil Nilsson, Department of Religious Studies, Theology & Classical Philology, Göteborgs Universitet
Index terms: Hagiography
Abstract

This session deals with the cult of saints in Early Medieval Europe, covering Anglo-Saxon England, Francia and Scandinavia. In line with the theme of the 2004 IMC the focus is on saints’ cults and their promotion as part of the clash of cultures in the European Early Middle Ages. Taking a number of the significant hagiographic narratives the Early Medieval period as their point of departure, the three papers investigate the ways in which saints’ cults, relics and chrisitian traditions on saints were used as tools in the conversion of the non-christian or non-catholic peoples of Early Medieval Europe – and how this can inform modern scholarly readings.