IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 238: The Experience of Slavery in the Medieval World, II: The Vikings and Their Impact

Monday 4 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Marek Jankowiak, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
David Wyatt, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Moderator/Chair:Marek Jankowiak, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
Paper 238-aCarolingian Slavery and the Viking Threat
(Language: English)
Matthew Delvaux, Department of History, Boston College
Matthew Delvaux, Department of History, Boston College
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Trade, Maritime and Naval Studies
Paper 238-bSlavery in the Viking Age: The Role of Human Commodities in North Sea Cultural Networks
(Language: English)
Daniel Melleno, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley
Daniel Melleno, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Trade
Paper 238-cSlaves in Scandinavia: Sources and Supply
(Language: English)
Michael Kræmmer, Independent Scholar, Sorø
Michael Kræmmer, Independent Scholar, Sorø
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Trade
Abstract

These three papers all examine Scandinavian slave-trading. The first argues that slavery was a cornerstone in the Carolingian construction of power, and that external Viking attack as well as internal social instability subverted Carolingian control of these institutions. The second discuss how slavery fit into the burgeoning economy of the Viking Age and how slave taking, trading, and freeing served as a unique vector for cross-cultural contact across northern Europe. The third looks at literary sources in the context of the Baltic crusades which opened new possibilities for taking slaves to Scandinavia.