IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1540: On the Borders of Christendom: Missionary Activity and Memory in Viking and Medieval Denmark

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Maria Dahlstrøm Corsi, Hilton Archives, School of Hotel & Restaurant Management, University of Houston, Texas
Moderator/Chair:Sally N. Vaughn, Department of History, University of Houston, Texas
Paper 1540-aAnsgar: Constructing Conversion
(Language: English)
Brian Evans, Department of History University of Houston Texas
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Monasticism, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Paper 1540-bThe Hijacking of a Miracle: Poppo's Ordeal in the Gesta Treverorum and on the Gilded Copper Plates from Tamdrup Church in Denmark
(Language: English)
Michael H. Gelting, Centre for Scandinavian Studies King's College University of Aberdeen 24 High Street OLD ABERDEEN AB24 3EB
Index terms: Art History - General, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 1540-cSt Willibrord's Mission to Denmark: Religion and Trade at the Danish-Frisian Border
(Language: English)
Maria Dahlstrøm Corsi, Hilton Archives, School of Hotel & Restaurant Management, University of Houston, Texas
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Hagiography, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Abstract

The papers in this session consider different aspects of missionary activity in Denmark at the northern border of early medieval Christendom. Brian Evans examines Ansgar’s 9th-century missions to Scandinavia within the context of Carolingian Imperial foreign policy, linking the two together and offering a reexamination of both. Michael H. Gelting looks at the 12th-century memory of Poppo’s conversion of Harald Bluetooth in the 10th century and how Poppo was venerated in Denmark. Maria R.D. Corsi considers the mission of St Willibrord at the turn of the 8th century at the border between Frisian and Denmark and how it was a product of the political and economic relationship between the two regions.