LCMRS Seminar: "Pagans and Christians — Scandinavian Encounters with Christianity Overseas" (Professor Lesley Abrams, University of Oxford)

5:15pm - 6:00pm / Tuesday 20th November 2018 / Venue: Seminar room 6 Rendall Building
Type: Seminar / Category: Department / Series: Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Admission: Free.
  • Add this event to my calendar
    (?)

    When you click on "Add this event to my calendar" your browser will download an ics file.

    Microsoft Outlook: Download the file, then you may be able to click on "Save & Close" to save it to your calendar. If that doesn't work go into Outlook, click on the File tab, then on Open, then Import. Select "Import an iCalendar (.ic or vCalendar file (.vcs)" then click on Next. Find the .ics file and click on OK.

    Google Calendar: download the file, then go into your calendar. On the right where it says "Other calendars" click on the arrow icon and then click on Import calendar. Click on Browse and select the .ics file, then click on Import.

    Apple Calendar: download the file, then you can either drag it to Calendar or import the file by going to File > Import > Import and choosing the .ics file.

How helpful is the concept of ‘the conversion to Christianity’ in describing the political, religious, and cultural transformation that occurred when Scandinavians settled in Britain, Ireland, and Francia in the ninth and tenth centuries? Viking armies – and many of the settlers that followed them – practised a form of traditional pagan religion before they came to adopt Christianity overseas. While the process remains tantalisingly obscure, what is clear is that religious change depended on local dynamics, and that Scandinavians became Christian in a variety of ways.

This seminar paper will use case-studies from across the Scandinavian diaspora to explore the relationships between pagan Scandinavians and Christian regimes and institutions, examining the role religious identity played in the integration of the outsiders, whether as elite actors in the political sphere or settlers in the local landscape.