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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 827: Scandinavian History in the Viking and Middle Ages, II

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Paul Gazzoli, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Thomas Foerster, Det norske institutt i Roma, Universitetet i Oslo
Paper 827-aLiturgical Commemoration and the Divine Order: Hierarchies in Text and Space in Medieval Denmark
(Language: English)
Mads Vedel Heilskov, Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Lay Piety, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 827-bGreat Danes: The Ethics of Lordship in Saxo Grammaticus's Gesta Danorum
(Language: English)
Erik Niblaeus, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 827-cRimbert and the Text of the Vita Anskarii
(Language: English)
Paul Gazzoli, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography

The second of two sessions on Scandinavian history, this session focuses more on southern Scandinavia. The first paper aims to investigate how a specific ideology of the social order, bound up on notions of this order being a creation of God, can be investigated in the layout of the medieval martyrology-necrologies as well as in the placement of the dead within the church room, and will argue that a particular medieval understanding of the social order being a mirror image of the heavenly order was expressed within the liturgy of commemoration of the dead and in the very fabric and layout of the texts and spaces used within this liturgy. The second paper looks at the ethics of lordship in Saxo's Gesta Danorum. The third paper will look at the composition of one of the earliest medieval texts on Scandinavian history, Rimbert's Life of Anskar, presenting insights arising from the preparation of a new edition.