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Christianization and the Rise of Christian Monarchy Scandinavia, Central Europe and Rus' c.900-1200

by Nora (University of Cambridge) Berend

Christianization and the Rise of Christian Monarchy Scandinavia, Central Europe and Rus' c.900-1200 Synopsis

This 2007 text is a comparative, analysis of one of the most fundamental stages in the formation of Europe. Leading scholars explore the role of the spread of Christianity and the formation of new principalities in the birth of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Bohemia, Hungary, Poland and Rus' around the year 1000. Drawing on history, archaeology and art history, and emphasizing problems related to the sources and historiographical debates, they demonstrate the complex interdependence between the processes of religious and political change, covering conditions prior to the introduction of Christianity, the adoption of Christianity, and the development of the rulers' power. Regional patterns emerge, highlighting both the similarities in ruler-sponsored cases of Christianization, and differences in the consolidation of power and in institutions introduced by Christianity. The essays reveal how local societies adopted Christianity; medieval ideas of what constituted the dividing line between Christians and non-Christians; and the connections between Christianity and power.

Christianization and the Rise of Christian Monarchy Scandinavia, Central Europe and Rus' c.900-1200 Press Reviews

Review of the hardback: 'This volume constitutes an invaluable resource for our understanding of a crucial period in the formation of Europe.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521876162
Publication date: 22nd November 2007
Author: Nora (University of Cambridge) Berend
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 460 pages
Categories: European history, Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500,

About Nora (University of Cambridge) Berend

Nora Berend is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Cambridge.

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