IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 522: Chronicling on the Northern Frontier of Christendom: Saxo Grammaticus and the Gesta Danorum

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Thomas Heebøll-Holm, Institut for Historie, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Moderator/Chair:Lars Kjær, Department of History, New College of the Humanities, London
Paper 522-aTyranny across Borders: Saxo, Rome, and Unjust Government
(Language: English)
Erik Niblaeus, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 522-bArchbishop without Borders: The Transnational Engagements of Archbishop Eskil as an Historiographical Problem
(Language: English)
Mia Münster-Swendsen, Institut for Kommunikation og Humanistisk Videnskab, Roskilde Universitet
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 522-cIs the Gesta Danorum a Frontier Chronicle?: Saxo Grammaticus and Guillaume le Breton Compared
(Language: English)
Thomas Heebøll-Holm, Institut for Historie, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This session deals with Saxo Grammaticus’ Gesta Danorum (c. 1208) and its relation to contemporary European historiography as well as classical Roman history. In the historiography, the Saxo’s chronicle has often been seen as a product of a society on the frontier of Christendom and as a product of a Scandinavian cultural and historical Sonderweg. However, in these papers the contributors shall argue that the Gesta was in fact just as much a work of European history as Scandinavian, and that it was a work that dealt with the same issues and drew on the same sources as contemporary European chronicles.