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Title: German influence on religious practice in Scandinavia, c. 1050-1150
Author: Niblaeus, Erik Gunnar
ISNI:       0000 0004 2706 9016
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2010
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The thesis is concerned with the later stages of Christianisation of Scandinavia, following the missionary period, when the church was consolidated and given secure foundations for worship and pastoral care, including the building and equipment of thousands of local churches, and the creation of a lasting diocesan structure. It argues that the German influence during this period, while often taken for granted, deserves to be investigated in more detail, and has been underplayed in recent scholarship. It is divided into five chapters, the first three more general in scope, concerned with the whole of Scandinavia, the last two more specific studies organised according to geographical area. Chapter one is introductory. Chapter two considers in general and comparative terms the importance of liturgy and books in the process of Scandinavian Christianisation. Chapter three is a consideration of the German interest in Scandinavia as it developed from the eleventh to the twelfth century, first in secular terms, second in religious terms, including a discussion of the clergy with German affiliations who held office in Scandinavia. It also includes an investigation of the clerical ideals of the principal narrative primary source to the period, Adam of Bremen's History of the Archbishops of Hamburg-Bremen. Chapters four and five deal with questions of the introduction of German liturgy and German books into the churches of Denmark and Sweden respectively. They consist of, first, a discussion of interaction with German centres during the formation of a library and a liturgical identity in the first Danish metropolitan cathedral, St Lawrence's cathedral in Lund; second, a discussion of a surprisingly large corpus of breviary fragments (the liturgical book for the celebration of the divine office par excellence in the later middle ages, but often considered relatively uncommon in twelfth-century Europe) from a poor area in southern Sweden
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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