IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 742: Scandinavian History in the Viking and Middle Ages, I: Norway in the Viking and Middle Ages

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Edward Carlsson Browne, Independent Scholar, Cambridge
Paul Gazzoli, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Paul Gazzoli, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 742-aRearing and Reigning: Royal Fosterage and Regency in Medieval Norway
(Language: English)
Ian Peter Grohse, Institutt for historie og klassiske fag, Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet, Trondheim
Index terms: Political Thought, Social History
Paper 742-bBrothers at Odds: Sigurðr Jórsalafari and Eysteinn Magnússon in the Konungasögur
(Language: English)
Edward Carlsson Browne, Independent Scholar, Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 742-cReaffirming Ties: The Norse Diaspora in the Age of Cnut
(Language: English)
Caitlin Ellis, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This session addresses issues in Norwegian history from the 11th century through the later Middle Ages. The first paper examines the changing strategies for royal minority in central and late-medieval Norway. The second studies two extended narratives (Þinga saga and the Mannjafnaðr episode) to shed light upon the literary depiction of elite rivalry and the importance or non-importance of kinship as a factor in inhibiting conflict during the Norwegian civil wars. The third examines Scandinavian contact with Scotland and Ireland during the 11th and 12th centuries in the context of Cnut’s empire and Norwegian response to increased Danish influence in the Norse diaspora of the Insular world.