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

Orri Vesteinsson


In this historical study of High-Medieval Iceland, the author 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 native history writing had been established by the beginning of the twelfth c ... More

Keywords: Iceland, Christian Church, state, state structures, government, High-Medieval Iceland, Icelandic Sagas, state formation, native history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198207993
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207993.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Orri Vesteinsson, author
Insitute of Archaeology