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by Anders Winroth

ISBN: 0300170262
ISBN13: 978-0300170269
Language: English
Publisher: Yale University Press; unknown edition (January 24, 2012)
Pages: 256
Category: World
Subategory: History

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In this book a MacArthur Award-winning scholar argues for a radically new interpretation of the conversion of Scandinavia from paganism to Christianity in the early Middle Ages.

In this book a MacArthur Award-winning scholar argues for a radically new interpretation of the conversion of Scandinavia from paganism to Christianity in the early Middle Ages. Do you want to read the rest of this article?

The Conversion of Scandinavia book. Winroth contends that the traditional view of adamant Christian missionaries Christianizing Scandinavia over simplifies the facts.

The Conversion of Scandinavia book. In this book a MacArthur Award-winning scholar argues.

This is the summary of The Conversion of Scandinavia: Vikings, Merchants, and Missionaries in the Remaking of Northern Europe by Anders Winroth. eISBN: 978-0-300-17809-8.

Anders Winroth (born 1965 in Ludvika in Sweden) is a professor of medieval history at Yale University. The Conversion of Scandinavia: Vikings, Merchants, and Missionaries in the Remaking of Northern Europe, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011

Anders Winroth (born 1965 in Ludvika in Sweden) is a professor of medieval history at Yale University. The Conversion of Scandinavia: Vikings, Merchants, and Missionaries in the Remaking of Northern Europe, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011. Peter Monaghan (August 11, 2000), "Yale Scholar, Revisiting the 'Decretum,' Opens a Window on the 12th Century", The Chronicle of Higher Education. a b "Anders Winroth Department of History". Winroth's personal web site. Winroth's university web page.

New Haven: Yale University Press. This is a well-argued narrative of the Christianization of Scandinavia. ISBN 978-0-300-17026-9. Winroth's writing flows easily, and his vivid depictions of events and people make his story come alive. His main argument is that Christianization was not the result of military conquest, or missionary efforts, but instead of Scandinavian chieftains acquiring Christianity as a tool in ongoing internal power struggles

Автор: Winroth Anders Название: The Conversion of Scandinavia: Vikings, Merchants, and . The book’s stunning selection of Scandinavian design ranges from individual products to skillfully staged living spaces.

The book’s stunning selection of Scandinavian design ranges from individual products to skillfully staged living spaces.

If you want NextDay, we can save the other items for later. In this book a MacArthur Award-winning scholar argues for a radically new interpretation of the conversion of Scandinavia from paganism to Christianity in the early Middle Ages. Overturning the received narrative of Europe's military and religious conquest and colonization of the region, Anders Winroth contends that rather than acting as passive recipients, Scandinavians converted to Christianity because it was in individual chieftains' political, economic, and cultural interests to do so.

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book by Anders Winroth. The Conversion of Scandinavia : Vikings, Merchants, and Missionaries in the Remaking of Northern Europe.

In this book a MacArthur Award-winning scholar argues for a radically new interpretation of the conversion of Scandinavia from paganism to Christianity in the early Middle Ages. Overturning the received narrative of Europe's military and religious conquest and colonization of the region, Anders Winroth contends that rather than acting as passive recipients, Scandinavians converted to Christianity because it was in individual chieftains' political, economic, and cultural interests to do so.

Through a painstaking analysis and historical reconstruction of both archeological and literary sources, and drawing on scholarly work that has been unavailable in English, Winroth opens up new avenues for studying European ascendency and the expansion of Christianity in the medieval period.

Comments:
heart of sky
Although the main thesis of this book deals with the conversion of Scandinavia from paganism to Christianity around 1000 AD, the author spends much of the book providing background on the Viking Age. Nevertheless, his summary of the history Viking Age which serves as background is well written and easy to read. In some ways, that summary alone makes a book worth reading.

Even though this is an academic book, it's not as dry and plodding as academic works often are. The author is not only a skilled historian but a good writer.

As for the author's thesis, it seems well supported and makes a lot of sense. Basically, the decision by Scandinavia to convert to Christianity was more a political decision than a religious one. Previously, it was thought the conversion resulted primarily from missionary efforts. Instead, the author sees Scandinavian kings as converting to increase their own political capital and alliances. This may be true, but it seems the author fails to consider the possibility multiple motivations and factors were at play. People are complex and make decision based on a number of reasons. It is not like changing your religion is as easy as changing out the carpet. It seems fair to say many Scandinavians had real personal belief in the pagan religion. In the same way, many of them probably had real personal belief in the Chrisitan religon and had actual spiritual conversion. So, I agree with the author to a certain degree but think there was more involved.

Overall a very good read.

Zamo
My opinion of the book falls between the other reviewers. I do not disagree with Winroth that chieftains and kings and bishops made use of Christianity and baptism for political reasons. The thesis is interesting and would have made a good journal article. What disappoints here is that surely a new religious identity would have some effect on the people, but Winroth does not mention it. He does not fill out the story of the conversion of Scandinavia. So it is not what he says that leaves me questioning, it is what he chooses not to consider. He does not tell the whole story.
The book is often redundant, as if he is stretching his material to fill out a book. It also could have been better organized, although there is much useful information given.

Vudojar
An excellent book, but its theme isn't all that radical; in fact, it's not radical at all. The theory that the Scandinavian kings converted out of mercenary motives rather than genuine religious piety has been around since at least the 1980's. I've found references that it may have originated way back in the 1890's, according to some Scandinavian historians.

So while the idea isn't all that new, the book is still the best treatment of the Scandinavian conversion that I've read so far. As another reviewer noted, it gives an excellent summary of those areas of Viking history that are pertinent to the subject, which will be of great help to the general reader.

One thing that bears special mention is the author's impartiality: he doesn't assign value judgments as to whether the conversion to Christianity was a good or bad thing for Scandinavia overall. If he had an anti-Christian bias, as one reviewer has spuriously alleged, the author would have placed much greater emphasis on the well-attested reports that some Scandinavian kings (Olav Tryggvason in particular) used torture and murder to force recalcitrant subjects to accept the new religion.

Another refreshing quality is Wintroth's historical caution: when a source makes statements that are not justified either logically or historically, HE SAYS SO, instead of allowing the reader to mistakenly assume that the statements are historically valid. This is a great improvement on some authors who take a single quote from an unverified account and run with it (sometimes turning it into an entire book).

If you're new to Viking history and want to know more about this very significant episode, you really can't do better than this book.

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