IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1645: Iceland: The Long Medieval Period, II

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Bernadette McCooey, Independent Scholar, Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Ryder Patzuk-Russell, Department of History, University of Birmingham
Paper 1645-aClimate, Society, Economy, and Scholarship: Environmental Writings in Iceland, c. 1400-1700
(Language: English)
Jón Haukur Ingimundarson, Stefansson Arctic Institute, Háskólinn á Akureyri
Astrid Elisabeth Ogilvie, Stefansson Arctic Institute Akureyri Iceland
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Social History
Paper 1645-bFamines in Iceland: The Early Modern Evidence versus the Medieval Evidence
(Language: English)
Árni Daníel Júlíusson, National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index terms: Demography, Social History
Paper 1645-cMore than Bovine and Ovine in Later Medieval Iceland
(Language: English)
Bernadette McCooey, Independent Scholar, Birmingham
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Economics - Rural, Social History
Abstract

In Iceland, medieval characteristics continued beyond what is conventionally regarded as the medieval period. This session, the second of two, resides on the border of scholarly periodisation and so fits well into the IMC’s thematic scope. The later medieval period in Iceland has been viewed as a time of hardship, even decline. The session presentations take a fresh look at the extant sources regarding climate, environment, famines, and farming; areas often used as providing evidence for hard times. The first paper, based on a large international project, is co-authored to reflect expertise.