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Title: 'Death in a dread place' : belief, practice, and marginality in Norse Greenland, ca. 985-1450
Author: McCullough, Jess Angus
ISNI:       0000 0004 6348 492X
Awarding Body: University of Leicester
Current Institution: University of Leicester
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis examines and analyzes the extant archaeological, historical, and literary evidence for the beliefs and practices of the Greenland Norse, their influences, and their evolution over time. By critically examining previously held assumptions about the cultural, climatic, and religious conditions of Greenland during this time the available data is placed in its proper context and reveals the geoconceptual world of the Greenlanders and their place in it. This interdisciplinary approach illustrates the extent to which the physical environment and location of Greenland played a role in the transition from a collective of enterprising colonists to an established Christian community over the course of almost 500 years. Specific questions addressed within include: 1 ­ How does archaeology challenge, support, or augment the historical and literary narrative of Greenland’s transition into a Christian place?; 2 – What are the physical correlates of the Greenlanders’ beliefs and practices, and how have they been interpreted? This thesis finds that the development of Christianity was driven by the Greenlanders’ increasing perception of their place in the world as one of marginality and spiritual danger.
Supervisor: O’Sullivan, Deirdre ; Christie, Neil Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Greenland ; Norse ; Christianisation ; Conversion ; North Atlantic ; Geoconceptual Marginality