Christianization and the Rise of Christian Monarchy: Scandinavia, Central Europe and Rus' c.900–1200

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Nora Berend
Cambridge University Press, Nov 22, 2007 - History
This 2007 text is a comparative, analysis of one of the most fundamental stages in the formation of Europe. Leading scholars explore the role of the spread of Christianity and the formation of new principalities in the birth of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Bohemia, Hungary, Poland and Rus' around the year 1000. Drawing on history, archaeology and art history, and emphasizing problems related to the sources and historiographical debates, they demonstrate the complex interdependence between the processes of religious and political change, covering conditions prior to the introduction of Christianity, the adoption of Christianity, and the development of the rulers' power. Regional patterns emerge, highlighting both the similarities in ruler-sponsored cases of Christianization, and differences in the consolidation of power and in institutions introduced by Christianity. The essays reveal how local societies adopted Christianity; medieval ideas of what constituted the dividing line between Christians and non-Christians; and the connections between Christianity and power.
 

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This is an extremely helpful book consisting of chapters by experts on each of the larger countries of northern and central Europe which experienced Christianization in the years 900-1200: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Bohemia, Hungary, Poland and Rus'. It brings together a rich array of material derived from art and archaeology as well as literary sources, and treats a very complex subject in an admirably systematic way, in that the same set of basic questions about the introduction of Christianity, the rise of monarchies and the integration of nations has been considered by all the collaborators in the project.
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Introduction1
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From Paganism to Christianity in medieval Europe
47
Prieflingensis
56
The kingdom of Denmark
73
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103
The kingdom of Norway
121
7 Nidaros church organization and its neighbours
149
Bohemia and Moravia
214
Profantova N and M Profant 2000 Encyklopedie slovanskych bohu a
259
Poland
263
The kingdom of Hungary
319
18 The first bishoprics in the kingdom of Hungary
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333
Mesterhazy K 196870 Adatok a Bizanci keresztenyseg elterjedesehez az Arpad
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Rus
369

The kingdom of Sweden
167
inauguration ritual definitively and irrevocably transforming his status
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