IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1521: The Construction and Use of Memory in Medieval Scandinavian Narratives

Thursday 5 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Ralf Palmgren, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture & Art Studies, University of Helsinki
Moderator/Chair:Alaric Hall, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Paper 1521-aLegitimising a Bishopric in Medieval Sweden: The Legend of St Sigfrid
(Language: English)
Ralf Palmgren, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture & Art Studies, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography
Paper 1521-b'And each side dealt many blows on the other': The Construction of Battle Narratives in the Histories of the Norwegian Borgerkrigene
(Language: English)
Philip Walter Line, Independent Scholar, Helsinki
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Military History
Paper 1521-cMyth and Memory in Medieval Swedish Historiography
(Language: English)
Anja Ute Blode, Institut für Skandinavistik / Fennistik, Universität zu Köln
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

The memory of historical or fictional events of the past influences societies in the present. The medieval perception of past events in written texts is still visible in modern perceptions and narratives of them. In this session three scholars will examine the methods used to construct medieval historiographical texts from Scandinavia. The researchers have also analysed the audience and purpose for which these narratives were used. Palmgren has studied the Swedish hagiographic legend about Saint Sigfrid, Line warfare in Old Norse kings’ sagas from Norway and Blode two Late medieval chronicles from Sweden.