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128 pages

Illustrated throughout (14 plates in colour)

Published Oct 2017

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784917050

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Norway; Medieval; Middle Ages; Immigration; Foreigners

Foreigners and Outside Influences in Medieval Norway

Edited by Stian Suppersberger Hamre

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Seven articles discuss different aspects of immigration and foreign influences in medieval Norway, from the viewpoint of different academic disciplines. The book will give the reader an insight into how the population of medieval Norway interacted with the surrounding world, how and by whom it was influenced, and how the population was composed.



Introduction (Stian Suppersberger Hamre)

Who were they? Steps towards an archaeological understanding of newcomers and settlers in early medieval Trondheim, Norway (Axel Christophersen)

The population in Norway, a long history of heterogeneity (Stian Suppersberger Hamre)

Foreigners in High Medieval Norway: images of immigration in chronicles and kings’ sagas, twelfth and thirteenth centuries (Thomas Foerster)

The universal and the local: religious houses as cultural nodal points in medieval Norway (Synnøve Myking)

Foreign envoys and resident Norwegians in the Late Middle Ages – a cultural clash? (Erik Opsahl)

Scandinavian immigrants in late medieval England: sources, problems and patterns (Bart Lambert)

About the Author

Dr Stian Suppersberger Hamre is a biological anthropologist with a BA in palaeoanthropology from the University of New England, Australia, and an MSc in forensic anthropology from Bournemouth University, England. His PhD research at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bergen, Norway, has focussed on different aspects of the medieval population in Norway. From 2013, his main interest has been to improve our understanding of pre-modern immigration, mobility and population composition in Norway, with a special emphasis on bringing different disciplines together to illuminate these topics and to complement his own research as a biological anthropologist.