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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 805: Lands of Tyranny, Heroism, and False Christianity: Livonia and Lithuania in the Late Middle Ages

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Canadian Society for Crusading Studies
Organiser:Grant Schrama, Department of History Queen's University Kingston
Moderator/Chair:Loïc Chollet, Institut d'histoire, Université de Neuchâtel
Paper 805-aThe Foundation and Creation of the Political Adversary: From Pagan 'Infidel' Lithuania to Orthodox 'Schismatic' Russia in 15th-Century Legal and Scholarly Debates
(Language: English)
Kerli Kraus, Institute of History & Archaeology, University of Tartu
Index terms: Crusades, Law, Social History
Paper 805-bMaking Christian Harmony: Livonia after the Crusading Conquest
(Language: English)
Anti Selart, Institute of History & Archaeology, University of Tartu
Index terms: Crusades, Ecclesiastical History, Social History
Paper 805-cThe Visual Culture of Crusading in Lithuania, 1300-1410
(Language: English)
Gregory J. Leighton, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Crusades, Ecclesiastical History

The focus of this session is to explore the ways in which various cultural and religious groups interacted with and perceived each other in the regions of Livonia and Lithuania during the 13th-15th centuries. These were areas on the border of Christian Europe, where pagans and Eastern and Western Christians met for trade, evangelization, and/or warfare. The complex social character of the Baltic is highlighted in this session through archaeological remains, legal treatises and contemporary historical narratives. In turn, it explores the boundaries between Christianity and paganism and how these cultural borders were both maintained and dissolved during the late Middle Ages.