IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1042: Scandinavian History in the Viking and Middle Ages, III: The Church in Scandinavia in the 11th and 12th Centuries

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Edward Carlsson Browne, Independent Scholar, Cambridge
Paul Gazzoli, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Thomas Foerster, Det norske institutt i Roma, Universitetet i Oslo
Paper 1042-aAfter the Fact: The Missionary Archdiocese of Hamburg-Bremen and Scandinavia under Archbishop Hartwig I, 1148–1168
(Language: English)
Erik Niblaeus, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1042-bRemembering and Re-Writing the Life of Anskar in the 11th and 12th Centuries
(Language: English)
Paul Gazzoli, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

This session looks at aspects of the ecclesiastical history of Scandinavia in the 11th and 12th centuries. The first paper considers foreign ecclesiastical writers in the decades around 1100 in order to examine what they may tell us about the special circumstances in which northern churchmen found themselves. The second reflects on the dying embers of Hamburg-Bremen’s Scandinavian legateship, in particular under the tragic Archbishop Hartwig I (1148–68), the last of the once-powerful Udonen family. The third will consider the manuscripts of the ‘B’ version (produced 1076×1123) of Rimbert’s Life of Anskar to examine how this text was known, used and disseminated in northern Germany and Scandinavia until the end of the Middle Ages.