The Cross Goes North
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608 Pages

24.4 x 17.2 cm

37 b/w. 106 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Cross Goes North

Processes of Conversion in Northern Europe, AD 300-1300

Edited by Martin Carver

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37 studies of the adoption of Christianity across northern Europe over1000 years, and the diverse reasons that drove the process.
In Europe, the cross went north and east as the centuries unrolled: from the Dingle Peninsula to Estonia, and from the Alps to Lapland, ranging in time from Roman Britain and Gaul in the third and fourth centuries to the conversion of peoples in the Baltic area a thousand years later. These episodes of conversion form the basic narrative here. History encourages the belief that the adoption of Christianity was somehow irresistible, but specialists show theunderside of the process by turning the spotlight from the missionaries, who recorded their triumphs, to the converted, exploring their local situations and motives. What were the reactions of the northern peoples to the Christian message? Why would they wish to adopt it for the sake of its alliances? In what way did they adapt the Christian ethos and infrastructure to suit their own community? How did conversion affect the status of farmers, of smiths, of princes and of women? Was society wholly changed, or only in marginal matters of devotion and superstition? These are the issues discussed here by thirty-eight experts from across northern Europe; some answers come from astute re-readings of the texts alone, but most are owed to a combination of history, art history and archaeology working together.

MARTIN CARVER is Professor of Archaeology, University of York.
"For anyone interested in conversion and the multi-faceted outcomes born from cultures in contact, this interesting volume provides a useful insight, allowing scholars to both focus on their particular area of interest and to gain access to some valuable comparative material." JOURNAL OF THE AUSTRALIAN EARLY MEDIEVAL ASSOCIATION
"A galaxy of learned papers. ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY An important contribution...that will still be cited for years to come. SCOTTISH ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL A valuable compilation." EHR

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Title Details

608 Pages

2.44 x 1.72 cm

37 b/w. 106 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press