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The principal academic work of Stefan Drechsler includes researching textual and codicological compilation strategies in Scandinavian law manuscripts, legal iconography in medieval European book painting, and social network analysis data related to vernacular law texts. Furthermore, he has worked on personal networks related to the making and use of manuscripts produced throughout the Scandinavian Middle Ages. He is particularly interested in the literary and artistic exchange between western Scandinavian societies and other parts of Europe during the High Middle Ages.

In the past years, Stefan Drechsler has published a scientific monograph, articles in journals such as Gripla, Opuscula, Viking and Medieval Scandinavia, Das Mittelalter and Collegium Medievale, as well as book chapters in law culture-themed anthologies. In his publications, he has shown that interdisciplinary research into illuminated manuscripts from medieval Scandinavia can provide new and important information on the exchange of cultural goods, as well as secular and ecclesiastical networks in the North Atlantic region in the Middle Ages. His monograph examines not only one but several medieval cultures in relation to similar domestic artistic monuments and relevant historical evidence: Helgafell in Iceland, East Anglia in England and the broader area around Bergen in Norway. It offers a detailed account of one cultural site in relation to its scribal and artistic connections with other ecclesiastical and secular scriptoria. The book can be downloaded for free (Open Access Gold) at Brepols Online.

Book:

(2021) Illuminated Manuscript Production in Medieval Iceland. Literary and Artistic Activities of the House of Canons Regular at Helgafell in the Fourteenth Century, Manuscripta Publications in Manuscript Research Series (Turnhout: Brepols). Open Access: Link; Print: Link.

 

Co-Edited Book:

(2019) Djuve, Heidi Synnøve, Stefan Drechsler, Beñat Larrea Elortza & Deniz Cem Gülen (eds.), The North as Home: Proceedings from the Nordic Research Network 2017, Norvik Press Series C: Student Writings no. 4 (London: Norvik Press). Available here: Link.

 

Articles:

(2022) (forthcoming) "The Production and Use of Norwegian Law Manuscripts 1280-1400", in Matthew J. Driscoll (ed.), Opuscula XX (Kopenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Forlag).

(2021) "Law Manuscripts from Fifteenth Century Iceland", in Annette Lassen & Gísli Sigurðsson (eds.), Gripla XXXII (Reykjavík: Stofnun Árna Magnússonar á Íslandi), 165-98. Link.

(2020) "Marginalia in Medieval Western Scandinavian Law Manuscripts", in Roland Scheel & Silke Schwandt (eds.), Imaginationen und Praktiken des Rechts: Literatur- und geschitswissenschaftliche Perspektiven, Das Mittelalter: Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung, Themenheft 1/2020 (Berlin: De Gruyter), 180-195.

(2017) "Illuminated Manuscript Production in Western Iceland in the Thirteenth and Early Fourteenth Centuries", in Emily Lethbridge & Rósa Þórsteinsdóttir (eds.), Gripla XXVIII (Reykjavík: Stofnun Árna Magnússonar á Íslandi), 169–196. Link.

(2016) "The Illuminated Þjófabálkr in Fourteenth-Century Icelandic Jónsbók Manuscripts", in Russel Poole (ed.), Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 12 (Turnhout: Brepols), 1–40. Link.

(2016) "Ikonographie und Text-Bild-Beziehungen der GKS 1005 fol Flateyjarbók", in Britta Olrik Frederiksen (ed.), Opuscula XLVIII (Kopenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Forlag), 215–300. Link.

(2014) "Zur Ikonographie der AM 350 fol. Skarðsbók", in Espen Karlsen (ed.), Collegium Medievale 27 (Oslo: Novus Forlag), 63–113. Link.

 

Chapters:

(2021) "Chapter 6 Jón Halldórsson and Law Manuscripts of Western Iceland c. 1320–40", in Gunnar Harðarson & Karl G. Johansson (eds.), Dominican Resonances in Medieval Iceland: The Legacy of Bishop Jón Halldórsson of Skálholt, The Northern World (Leiden: Brill), 125-50.

(2021) "Appendix 4 Contents of AM 671 4°", in Gunnar Harðarson & Karl G. Johansson (eds.), Dominican Resonances in Medieval Iceland: The Legacy of Bishop Jón Halldórsson of Skálholt, The Northern World (Leiden: Brill), 317-30.

(2021) "Chapter 1 Production and Content of the Fourteenth-Century Norwegian Law Manuscript Lundarbók", in Thomas Gobbit (ed.), Law|Book|Culture in the Early and High Medieval West, Exploring Medieval Culture 7 (Leiden: Brill), 17–50.

(2016) "Reynistaðakirkja hin forna. The Medieval Chapter Seal of the Benedictine Nunnery at Reynistaður", in Ian Giles et al. (eds.), Beyond Borealism. New Perspectives on the North (London: Norvik Press), 24–42.

(2014) "Thieves and workshops: On a historical initial in AM 343 fol. Svalbarðsbók", in Guðvarður Már Gunnlaugsson & Margrét Eggertsdóttir (eds.), Saltari stilltur og sleginn Svanhildir Óskarsdóttur fimmtugri 13. mars 2014 (Reykjavík: Menningar- og minningarsjóður Mette Magnussen), 37–39.

 

Book Reviews:

(2020) "Kate Heslop & Jürg Glauser (eds.), RE:writing. Medial perspectives on textual culture in the Icelandic Middle Ages", in Präsidium des Mediävistenverbandes (eds.), Das Mittelalter, 2020/2 (Berlin: De Gruyter Verlag, 2020), 16–18.

(2016) "Stefka Georgieva Eriksen, Writing and Reading in Medieval Manuscript Culture. The Translation and Transmission of the Story of Elye in Old French and Old Norse Literary Contexts", in Alison Finlay (ed.), Saga-Book 40 (London: Viking Society for Northern Research), 121–123. Link.

(2016) "M. J. Driscoll & Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir (eds.), 66 Manuscripts from the Arnamagnæan Collection", in Alison Finlay (ed.), Saga-Book 40 (London: Viking Society for Northern Research), 119–121. Link.

(2014 "Lena Liepe, Studies in Fourteenth Century Icelandic Book Painting", in Espen Karlsen (ed.), Collegium Medievale 27 (Oslo: Novus Forlag), 201–204. Link.

 

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2021). Law Manuscripts from Fifteenth-Century Iceland . Gripla. 165-198.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Marginalia in Medieval Western Scandinavian Law Manuscripts. Das Mittelalter: Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung. 180-195.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Illuminated Manuscript Production in Western Iceland in the Thirteenth and Early Fourteenth Centuries. Gripla. 169-196.
  • Show author(s) (2016). The Illuminated Þjófabálkr in Fourteenth-Century Icelandic Jónsbók Manuscripts. Viking and Medieval Scandinavia. 1-40.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Ikonographie und Text-Bild-Beziehungen der GKS 1005 fol Flateyjarbók. Opuscula - Bibliotheca Arnamagnæana. 215-300.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Zur Ikonographie der AM 350 fol. Skarðsbók. Collegium Medievale. 63-113.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2022). The Function and Dissemination of Vernacular Law Amendments in Norwegian Law Manuscripts in c. 1250-1400.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Tekst og bilde i prakthåndskriftet Codex Hardenbergianus (GKS 1154 fol.).
  • Show author(s) (2021). The Development of Iconography in Medieval Western Scandinavian Legal Manuscripts c. 1300–1650.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Text and Layout of Icelandic Law Manuscripts in the Middle Ages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Single Leaves as Carriers of Law Amendments (Réttarbœtr) in Medieval Norwegian Law Manuscripts.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Re-etablering av håndverkernettverk i Bergen pre-1349.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Kunst i Bergen i Middelalderen’.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Fremdheit in der Gísla saga Súrssonar.
  • Show author(s) (2019). The Design and Use of Margins in Scandinavian Law Manuscripts.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Personal Backgrounds of 13th-Century Western Scandinavian Law Manuscript Cultures.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Law Manuscript Production in Fifteenth-Century Iceland.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Inhalt und Komposition der GKS 1005 fol. Flateyjarbók.
  • Show author(s) (2018). The Þingfararbálkr in Illuminated Icelandic Jónsbók Manuscripts.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Text und Bild landessprachlicher Gesetzeshandschriften des mittelalterlichen West-Skandinaviens.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Mittelalterliche Rechtsikonographie in Skandinavien.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Die Bilder- und Textwelt der isländischen Saga-Handschrift Flateyjarbók.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Holistische Annäherungen an Handschriftenkulturen Skandinaviens am Beispiel der isländischen Helgafell Manuskripte.
  • Show author(s) (2017). A Network of Pictures, Texts and People: Holistic Approaches to Illuminated Old Norse Manuscripts.
  • Show author(s) (2016). The Death of a Warrior Saint: Depictions of the martyrdom of Óláfr helgi in Norway in Medieval Scandinavian Art.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Forníslenskir Trékirkjur: The Medieval Chapter Seals of Reynistaður, Þingeyrar and Munkaþverá.
  • Show author(s) (2016). East Anglia and West Iceland: Stylistic Influences on the Book Painting of Flateyjarbók (GKS 1005 fol) from Early Fourteenth-Century East Anglian Manuscripts.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Bergen and Iceland: The Production of Codex Hardenbergianus (GKS 1154 fol) and the West Icelandic Helgafell Workshop.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Thieves and gallows: The Þjófabálkr-Chapter in Illuminated 14th Century Icelandic Jónsbók Copies.
  • Show author(s) (2015). The Throne of Solomon and the Sedes Sapientiae in Medieval Icelandic Book Painting.
  • Show author(s) (2015). The Throne of Grace and the Added Figure: f. 2r in AM 350 fol. Skarðsbók.
  • Show author(s) (2015). The Illuminated Manuscripts from Helgafell: An Interdisciplinary Approach.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Dogs, Holy Men and Related Texts. The Old Norse Bible Translation Manuscript AM 226 fol Stjórn.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Illuminierte Manuskripte des mittelalterlichen Nordens: Ein interdisziplinäres Forschungsfeld der Kunstgeschichte und Altnordischen Philologie.
  • Show author(s) (2013). klaustrit at helga felli aa bok þessa - The Illuminated Manuscripts from Helgafell: An Interdisciplinary Approach.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Zur Ikonographie der AM 350 fol. Skarðsbók und weiteren Manuskripten aus Helgafell.
  • Show author(s) (2013). The Illuminations of AM 133 fol. Kálfalækjabók.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Magnús Þórhallsson as Illuminator: Selected Assigned Works in the Context of Contemporary Art from East Anglia and Norway.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Flateyjarbók and Europe? An Investigation of Art-Historical Connections to Contemporary Art from Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Great Britain’s East Anglia.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Flateyjarbók and Europe? An Investigation of Art-Historical Connections to Contemporary Art from Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Great Britain’s East Anglia.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • Show author(s) (2019). The North as Home: Proceedings from the Nordic Research Network 2017. Norvik Press.
Academic monograph
  • Show author(s) (2021). Illuminated Manuscript Production in Medieval Iceland: Literary and Artistic Activities of the Monastery at Helgafell in the Fourteenth Century.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2021). Chapter 6 Jón Halldórsson and Law Manuscripts of Western Iceland c. 1320–40 . 26 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Chapter 1 Production and Content of the Fourteenth-Century Norwegian Law Manuscript Lundarbók. 34 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Appendix 4 Contents of AM 671 4° . 14 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Reynistaðakirkja hin forna. The Medieval Chapter Seal of the Benedictine Nunnery at Reynistaður. 19 pages.
Poster
  • Show author(s) (2019). Law Manuscripts of Western Scandinavia: European Influences and Domestic Use.

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Invited Talks:

25.05.2022 (planned) "Illuminated Manuscript Production in Medieval Iceland: Literary and Artistic Activities of the Monastery at Helgafell in the Fourteenth Century", Historiska seminariet, Göteborg Universitet, Sweden.

27.04.2022 "The Function and Dissemination of Vernacular Law Amendments in Norwegian Law Manuscripts in c. 1250-1400", Onsdagens seminar i Landslovprosjektet på CAS, Centre for Advanced Studies, Oslo, Norway.

29.03.2022 "Tekst og bilde i prakthåndskriftet Codex Hardenbergianus (GKS 1154 fol.)", "Norrøne lovmanuskripter i 600 år" Fagseminar, Nasjonalbiblioteket, Oslo, Norway.

07.12.2021 "Re-etablering av håndverkernettverk i Bergen pre-1349", Collegium Medievale Årskavalkade 2021, Zoom (Digital).

08.11.2021 "Kunst i Bergen i Middelalderen", "Norge og Europa i Middelalderen" Middelalderforum Lecture Series, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway.

06.02.2019 "Fremdheit in der Gísla saga Súrssonar", "Das Eigene und das Fremde im Mittelalter"-Vortragsreihe of the Mittelalterzentrum Greifswald, Universität Greifswald, Germany.

06.02.2019 "Inhalt und Komposition der GKS 1005 fol. Flateyjarbók", Nordeuropa-Institut, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Germany.

21.11.2018 "Die Bilder- und Textwelt der isländischen Saga-Handschrift Flateyjarbók", "Jubiläumskolloquium" des Instituts für Fennistik und Skandinavistik, Universität Greifswald, Germany.

10.07.2018 "Mittelalterliche Rechtsikonographie in Skandinavien", Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany.

18.07.2017 "Holistische Annäherungen an Handschriftenkulturen Skandinaviens am Beispiel der isländischen Helgafell Manuskripte", Institut für Skandinavistik, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

25.05.2017 "A Network of Pictures, Texts and People: Holistic Approaches to Illuminated Old Norse Manuscripts", Centre for Scandinavian Studies Seminar Series, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom.

14.12.2016 "The Death of a Warrior Saint: Depictions of the martyrdom of Óláfr helgi in Norway in Medieval Scandinavian Art", Middelalderseminaret, Institutt for historiske studier, NTNU Trondheim, Norway.

08.12.2016 "Bergen and Iceland: The Production of Codex Hardenbergianus (GKS 1154 fol) and the West Icelandic Helgafell Workshop", Forskargruppe i mellomalderfilologi, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway.

29.11.2016 "East Anglia and West Iceland: Stylistic influences on the book painting of Flateyjarbók (GKS 1005 fol) from early fourteenth-century East Anglian Manuscripts", Collegium Medievale Seminar Series, Universitetet i Oslo, Norway.

13.05.2014 "Illuminierte Manuskripte des mittelalterlichen Nordens: Ein interdisziplinäres Forschungsfeld der Kunstgeschichte und Altnordischen Philologie", "Interdisziplinärer Dialog - Aktuelle "turns" und "terms" in den Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften"-Vortragsreihe, Christian- Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany.

16.05.2013 "The Illuminations of AM 133 fol. Kálfalækjabók", Strengleikar Seminar Series, Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík, Iceland.

16.02.2012 "Flateyjarbók and Europe? An Investigation of Art-Historical Connections to Contemporary Art from Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Great Britain’s East Anglia", Strengleikar Seminar series, Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík, Iceland.

 

Conference Papers & Presentations:

06.07.2020 (planned) "The Compilation of Vernacular Laws in High and Late Medieval Iceland", International Medieval Congress (IMC), University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

02.12.2021 "Single Leaves as Carriers of Law Amendments (Réttarbaetr) in Medieval Norwegian Law Manuscripts", Recycling Medieval Law Workshop, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway.

23.09.2021 "The Development of Iconography in Medieval Western Scandinavian Legal Manuscripts c. 1300 1650", The Illuminated Legal Manuscript from the Middle Ages to the Digital Age-Conference, Institudo de Estudos Medievais, Zoom (Digital).

09.09.2021 "Text and Layout of Icelandic Law Manuscripts in the Middle Ages", Jónsbók and the Monarchical Project for Iceland-Conference, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway.

17.11.2019 "Law Manuscript Production in Fifteenth-Century Iceland", Icelandic Laws in Context: Jónsbók and Kristinréttr Árna in the Árni Magnússon Collection-Conference, Háskóli Íslands, Iceland.

14.08.2019 "Personal Backgrounds of 13th-Century Western Scandinavian Law Manuscript Cultures", The Global North – Spaces, Connections, and Networks before 1700 Conference. Centrum för medeltidsstudier, Stockholm Universitet, Sweden.

01.07.2019 "The Design and Use of Margins in Scandinavian Law Manuscripts", International Medieval Congress (IMC), University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

24.10.2018 "Text und Bild landessprachlicher Gesetzeshandschriften des mittelalterlichen West-Skandinaviens", 25. Jahrestagung des Brackweder Arbeitskreises, Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany.

17.08.2018 "The Þingfararbálkr in Illuminated Icelandic Jónsbók Manuscripts", 17th International Saga Conference, Háskóli Íslands, Iceland. Link.

29.01.2016 "Forníslenskir Trékirkjur: The Medieval Chapter Seals of Reynistaður, Þingeyrar and Munkaþverá", 2016 Graduate Student Conference, Centre for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library, Chicago, USA.

14.08.2015 "The Illuminated Manuscripts from Helgafell: An Interdisciplinary Approach’, Session ‘Textuality and Manuscript Transmission", International Saga Conference, Universität Zürich, Switzerland. Link.

07.07.2015 "The Throne of Solomon and the Sedes Sapientiae in Medieval Icelandic Book Painting", Session "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Medieval Scandinavia", International Medieval Congress (IMC), University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

14.05.2015 "The Throne of Grace and the Added Figure: f. 2r in AM 350 fol. Skarðsbók", nordik 2015 Conference, nordisk komité for kunsthistorie, Reykjavík, Iceland.

19.02.2015 "Thieves and gallows: The Þjófabálkr-Chapter in Illuminated 14th Century Icelandic Jónsbók Copies","What Happens Next?" - Nordic Research Network Conference 2015, Scandinavian Studies, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

22.01.2015 "Dogs, Holy Men and Related Texts. The Old Norse Bible Translation Manuscript AM 226 fol Stjórn", 2015 Graduate Student Conference, Center for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library, Chicago, USA.

22.11.2013 "klaustrit at helga felli aa bok þessa - The Illuminated Manuscripts from Helgafell: An Interdisciplinary Approach", "Knowledge of the North: Traditions, Transformations and Practices of Medieval Scandinavian Learning"-Workshop, Universitet i Bergen, Norway.

27.09.2013 "Zur Ikonographie der AM 350 fol. Skarðsbók und weiteren Manuskripten aus Helgafell", 21. Arbeitstagung der Skandinavistik (ATDS), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany.

09.08.2012 "Flateyjarbók and Europe? An Investigation of Art-Historical Connections to Contemporary Art from Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Great Britain’s East Anglia", 15th International Saga Conference, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark. See the preprint in Preprint Publication of the 15th International Saga Conference: Sagas and the Use of the Past, eds. Mathias Valentin Nordvig and Lisbeth H. Torfing, (Aarhus: Aarhus Universitet), 111–112. Link.

23.03.2012 "Magnús Þórhallsson as Illuminator: Selected Assigned Works in the Context of Contemporary Art from East Anglia and Norway", Interdisciplinary Student Symposium on Viking and Medieval Scandinavian Subjects, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark.