Session1608
TitleCrusading, Identity, and Otherness, II: Pagans in Europe
Date/TimeThursday 6 July 2017: 11.15-12.45
 
SponsorNorthern Network for the Study of the Crusades
 
OrganiserKathryn Hurlock, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Jason T. Roche, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
 
Moderator/ChairKathryn Hurlock, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
 
Paper 1608-a Crusading Legislation for Natives in Livonia?
(Language: English)
Anti Selart, Institute of History & Archaeology, University of Tartu
Index Terms: Crusades; Pagan Religions
Paper 1608-b Clerical Violence in the 13th-Century Crusading Chronicles of Livonia
(Language: English)
Antti Hannunen, Trivium - Tampere Centre for Classical, Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Tampere
Index Terms: Crusades; Historiography - Medieval; Pagan Religions; Rhetoric
 
AbstractIn the second of a series of linked sessions on the interrelated themes of crusading, identity, and otherness, Anti Selart examines the so-called 'Livonian peasants' laws' from the perspective of the defeated pagan Livonians rather than the conquering Christian 'Germans'. The paper uncovers the legal codes' potential for understanding the processes of compromise between the 'old' and 'new' inhabitants of 13th-century Livonia. Antii Hannnunen presents examples of priests and monks breaking the canon law forbidding clerical violence which are found in the narrative sources for the Livonian crusades. The paper discusses why this law was readily ignored, while shedding light on contemporary attitudes to clerical violence in medieval Livonia.