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The Cult of Saints in Nidaros Archbishopric
Manuscripts, Miracles, Objects

R. M. Bø, J. V. Sigurdsson (eds.)
approx. 320 p., 25 b/w ill., 2 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2021
ISBN: 978-2-503-59114-8
Languages: English
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Scandinavia has often been considered as a peripheral part of the Christian world, with its archbishopric in Nidaros an isolated outpost of the Catholic Church. This volume, however, offers a reassessment of such preconceptions by exploring the way in which the Nidaros see celebrated the cult of saints and followed traditions that were both part of, and distinct from, elsewhere in Christian Europe. The contributions gathered here come from specialists across different disciplines, among them historians, philologists, art historians, and epigraphists, to offer a multifaceted insight into how texts and objects, sculpture, runes, and relics all drove the cult of saints in this northern corner of Europe. In doing so, the volume offers a nuanced understanding of the development of cults, the saints themselves, and their miracles, not only in the Norse world, but also more widely.

Ragnhild M. Bø is art historian, currently visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art; Jon Vidar Sigurdsson is professor in medieval history at the University of Oslo.
Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction — RAGNHILD BØ AND JÓN VIÐAR SIGURÐSSON

Epitomes of Saints’ Lives in Two Old Norse-Icelandic Manuscripts: AM 764 4to and AM 672 4to — NATALIE M. VAN DEUSEN AND KIRSTEN WOLF

María, drótning himins ok iarðar: The Doctrine of Mary’s Queenship in Maríu saga — CHRISTELLE FAIRISE

The Mass of St Óláfr and a Recovered Sequence for a missa votive — ÅSLAUG OMMUNDSEN

The Development of the Cult of Magnús: The Interplay between Saints, Bishops and Earls in Orkney — CAITLIN ELLIS

Bergr Sokkason and God’s Dearest Friend: St Nicholas — JÓN VIÐAR SIGURÐSSON

The Miracles of Medieval Norway — CORNELIA SPJELKAVIK SPARRE

Telling and Writing Miracles in Medieval Iceland — ÁSDÍS EGILSDÓTTIR

‘Ok er hann sannheilagr’: The Role of Saints in Remembering and Representing Iceland’s Conversion — SIÂN GRØNLIE

Very Little, Almost Nothing: The Cults of St Gertrude of Nivelles and St Clare of Assisi in Late Medieval Norway — RAGNHILD M. BØ

An Afterlife for Cult Sculpture from Norwegian Churches: Tradition, Continuity and Partial Mutilation after the Reformation — NOËLLE L. W. STREETON

Saints in Everyday Life: Epigraphy as a Source for the Medieval Cult of Saints — ELISE KLEIVANE

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history
Religious history
Medieval European history (400-1500) : genres & specific topics
Viking studies
North Sea lands studies
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
Scandinavian & Baltic lands

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