The Christianization of Iceland: Priests, Power, and Social Change 1000-1300 by Orri Vesteinsson

The Christianization of Iceland: Priests, Power, and Social Change 1000-1300

byOrri Vesteinsson

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In this first historical study of High-Medieval Iceland to be published in English, Dr Vesteinsson investigates the influence of the Christian Church on the formation of the earliest state structures in Iceland, from the conversion in 1000 to the union with Norway in 1262. In the history of mankind states and state structures have usually been established before the advent of written records. As a result historians are rarely able to trace with certainty the early development of complex structures of government. In Iceland, literacy and the practice of nativehistory writing had been established by the beginning of the twelfth century; whereas the formation of a centralised government did not occur until more than a hundred years later. The early development of statelike structures has therefore been unusually well chronicled, in the Icelandic Sagas, andin the historical records of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Based on this wealth of material,The Christianization of Iceland is an important contribution to the discussion on the formation of states.

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Orri Vesteinsson is a Head of Research and Training at Insitute of Archaeology.

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Title:The Christianization of Iceland: Priests, Power, and Social Change 1000-1300Format:HardcoverPublished:May 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198207999

ISBN - 13:9780198207993

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI: Prehistory1. The Conversion2. The Early Bishops3. Early Evidence of Priests4. Early Church BuildingII: The First Christian Institutions5. The Idea of a Golden Age, 1080-1122St Jon6. The Tithe Law of 1097III: Churches and Property7. Churches in Narrative Sources8. The Charter Evidence9. The Evidence of Legal Sources10. Private Churches11. Origins of Religious HousesIV: The Bishops12. The Bishops and Family Politics13. Bishops as Chieftains14. Reform and ReactionV: The Priests15. Shortage of Priests in the Twelfth Century16. Chieftain-Priests in the Twelfth Century17. The Status of Priests according to the Old Christian Law Section18. Priesthood and Social Mobility19. The Shaping of Clerical IdentityVI: The Church and the Increase on Social ComplexityBibliographyIndex

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`It is amazing that one person has been able to bring so much material together in one volume.'Thomas Martin, Norway Times, August 31, 2000, No.31.