Session Title

Norse Bishops’ Sagas and Their European Contexts

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Program in Medieval Studies, Cornell Univ.

Organizer Name

Joel Anderson

Organizer Affiliation

Cornell Univ.

Presider Name

Paul Acker

Presider Affiliation

St. Louis Univ.

Paper Title 1

The Translated Bishop: The Icelandic Saintly Bishops, (Inter)nationality, and Locality

Presenter 1 Name

Ásdís Egilsdóttir

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Háskóli Íslands

Paper Title 2

Lárentius saga and Social Networks

Presenter 2 Name

Erika Sigurdson

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum

Start Date

8-5-2014 7:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 2040

Description

The bishops’ sagas are a group of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Norse texts that trace the lives of Iceland’s bishops. Compared with their more famous literary cousins – the sagas of Icelanders and the kings’ sagas – the bishops’ sagas have suffered from long periods of scholarly neglect. Until recently, the dominant tendency has been to examine these biographies within very local horizons. Over the past years, established scholars, as well as a number of graduate students in North America and Europe, have cultivated different approaches; in various ways, recent work on the bishops’ sagas has demonstrated the degree to which these texts were informed by, and responded to, their European contexts. This panel aims to further scholarly projects that situate the bishops’ sagas within some of the broader institutional, legal, educational, and literary frameworks of medieval Christendom.

Joel Anderson, Oren Falk

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May 8th, 7:30 PM

Norse Bishops’ Sagas and Their European Contexts

Fetzer 2040

The bishops’ sagas are a group of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Norse texts that trace the lives of Iceland’s bishops. Compared with their more famous literary cousins – the sagas of Icelanders and the kings’ sagas – the bishops’ sagas have suffered from long periods of scholarly neglect. Until recently, the dominant tendency has been to examine these biographies within very local horizons. Over the past years, established scholars, as well as a number of graduate students in North America and Europe, have cultivated different approaches; in various ways, recent work on the bishops’ sagas has demonstrated the degree to which these texts were informed by, and responded to, their European contexts. This panel aims to further scholarly projects that situate the bishops’ sagas within some of the broader institutional, legal, educational, and literary frameworks of medieval Christendom.

Joel Anderson, Oren Falk