IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1533: In Honour of Richard Holt, I: An Englishman in Norway

Thursday 5 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:'Creating the New North' Research Programme, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Organiser:Stefan Figenschow, Institutt for historie og religionsvitenskap, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Moderator/Chair:Miriam Tveit, Fakultetet for Samfunnsvitenskap, Nord universitet
Paper 1533-aA British Medievalist Describes a Dangerous World: Richard of Beccles's Views on the Norwegian Middle Ages and Historiography in the 20th and 21st Centuries
(Language: English)
Stefan Figenschow, Institutt for historie og religionsvitenskap, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Index terms: Bibliography, Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 1533-bThe Ice Giant Cometh: Tracing Norwegian Origin Myths through Frost and Snow
(Language: English)
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Pagan Religions
Paper 1533-cThe Military Revolution in Norway that Never Was: An Analysis of Norwegian Sonderweg in 13th and 14th Centuries
(Language: English)
Erik Opsahl, Institutt for historiske studier, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim
Index terms: Economics - General, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1533-dSincere dilectionis affectum: Anglo-Norwegian Friendship in the Central Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Ian Peter Grohse, Institutt for historie, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitetet
Index terms: Economics - General, Economics - Trade, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The first of three sessions honouring Richard Holt in connexion with his 70th birthday takes as its point of departure his influence during his 20 years in Norway. A multitude of sources is examined to gauge the influence of far-northern trolls and giants to explore the influence of north-facing origin myths. How sharply Norwegian military and aristocratic structures stood out from central and western European monarchies is explored. An examination of the dialogue of ‘friendship’ that framed Anglo-Norwegian diplomacy and facilitated the steady transfer of goods, gifts and individuals across the North Sea pays tribute to Richard Holt as a scholar of the region’s history and a spokesman for Anglo-Norwegian academic cooperation.