Det humanistiske fakultet

Periferi og sentrum i middelalderens Europa

Senter for middelalderstudier var et senter for fremragende forskning i perioden 2002–2012. Utstillingen viser det vitenskapelige arbeidet ved senteret.

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Fra omslaget til boken "The Creation of Medieval Northern Europe". Essays in honour of Sverre Bagge. Redaktører: Sigbjørn Sønnesyn og Leidulf Melve.


Utstillingen «Periferi og sentrum i middelalderens Europa» viser det vitenskapelige arbeidet, produksjonen og hovedfunnene ved Senter for middelalderstudier (CMS), et senter for fremragende forskning i perioden 2002–2012.

Kort om senterets fokus og bidrag:

The main programme of the CMS was to deal with centre and periphery in medieval Europe. The CMS focused primarily on the interaction between centre and periphery, the way in which the impulses from the centre were modified and adapted in the periphery and the importance of this process for the following development of Europe as a whole. The formation of the new kingdoms and principalities in the north and east was an important stage in establishing the territorial state as the normal political unit in Europe. At the same time, the CMS researchers have also shown the importance of the European impulses in a number of fields: religion, law, administration and various cultural expressions. The interdisciplinary approach enabled them to trace connections between and interactions amongst these fields.

More specifically, the CMS made significant contributions in the following areas:

  1. A new picture of the introduction of Christianity to Scandinavia, against the background of a comparative project covering all the European countries that were converted in the period c. 800-1100. In particular, the CMS achieved new results as a consequence of more systematic work on the archaeological material. Important in this respect is the study of changing landscapes or perceptions of landscapes as a result of the Christianisation.

  2. The introduction of writing in Norway through the study of parchment fragments, and application of new theories of orality and literacy to Old Norse poetry and saga literature.

  3. An entirely new account of the development of the oldest Christian laws including comparative research on European and Scandinavian historical writing and political propaganda.

  4. Finally, exploiting the hitherto unknown material in the penitentiary archive in the Vatican to extend our knowledge of the connections between Scandinavia and the papacy in the Later Middle Ages.


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