IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1304: On the Edge of Christian Europe: North Norway in the Middle Ages

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Creating the New North Research Programme, University of Tromsø
Organiser:Richard Holt, Institutt for historie og religionsvitenskap, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Moderator/Chair:Richard Holt, Institutt for historie og religionsvitenskap, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Paper 1304-aLand Ownership and Church Organization on the Periphery of Christendom
(Language: English)
Lars Ivar Hansen, Institutt for historie, Universitetet i Tromsø
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Geography and Settlement Studies, Pagan Religions, Social History
Paper 1304-bThe Attractions of a Benefice in the Far North around 1400
(Language: English)
Sigrun Høgetveit Berg, Institutt for historie, Universitetet i Tromsø
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Pagan Religions, Religious Life
Paper 1304-cThe Frontier between the Christian and Pagan: Mission as a Tool of Colonization
(Language: English)
Dikka Storm, Tromsø Museum / Universitetsmuseet, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Geography and Settlement Studies, Pagan Religions
Abstract

Norway north of the Arctic Circle was a region rich in natural resources, thinly populated by ethnic Norwegians living by agriculture and fishing, and Sami people living by hunting and fishing – though beginning to diversify into pastoral agriculture and reindeer herding. Contacts between the two peoples were varied and largely co-operative. Between 1000 and 1300 the Norwegian monarchy extended its authority to the coastal parts and took tribute from the pagan Sami of the interior, at the same time as the church established itself within the Norwegian community.