Barbarian Conversion in the Medieval Baltic and Beyond (c. 900-1400)

Trivent Publishing, H-1119 Budapest, Etele u. 59-61

Publisher: Teodora C. Artimon


Mihai Dragnea (Balkan History Association)

Kristin Skottki (University of Bayreuth)


The primary sources on Northern Europe and the Eastern Baltic region have shown that Christianization, as a process affecting different large groups of people, attracts attention, as does the conversion of the individual. Besides the faith in Christ, the new religion also brought political, social, and cultural changes. Whether done by preaching or by sword, or done for religious or political interests, conversion had an immense impact across the Baltic Sea. Within this context, the coastal regions (urban and proto-urban areas, as well as harbours) have functioned as spaces of economic connectivity and intercultural encounters.

Barbarian Conversion in the Medieval Baltic and Beyond (c. 900-1400) is a double blind peer reviewed book series which provides an opportunity for scholars to publish high-quality studies on the culture, society, and economy of the Baltic under the influence of Christianity. We invite proposals for edited collections or monographs on subjects related to:

  • - Missionary Christian identity in the narrative gesta episcoporum. Christian kingship. Otherness and pagan identity;
  • - Diet and fashion. Rural area and the concept of town life. Intragroup and intergroup relations;
  • - Cultural encounters. Linguistic interactions. Latin literacy and books;
  • - Mental geographies and mappa mundi. Trade and exploration. Ethnography;
  • - Political relations. Dynastic marital alliances. Media and communication;
  • - Missionary strategy. Canonical aspects of missionary work. Forced conversion.
  • - Martyrdom. Sacralisation of a landscape. Pilgrimage;
  • - Shrines of gods. Relics of saints, icons, and war banners. Pagan war rituals;
  • - Clerical involvement in warfare. Military orders. Holy War;
  • - Trade, exploration, and colonisation.


Bjørn Bandlien, University of South-Eastern Norway

Darius Baronas, Lithuanian Institute of History

Felix Biermann, University of Greifswald

Andreas Bihrer, University of Kiel

Zbigniew Dalewski, Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences

Darius von Guttner Sporzynski, University of Melbourne

Cordelia Hess, University of Greifswald

Kristin Ilves, University of Helsinki

Cecilia Ljung, Stockholm University

Jukka Korpela, University of Eastern Finland

Yitzhak Hen, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Rob Meens, Utrecht University

Mia Münster-Swendsen, Roskilde University

Aleksandr Musin, Institute for the History of Material Culture, Russian Academy of Sciences

Bertil Nilsson, University of Gothenburg

Stanisław Rosik, University of Wrocław

Jon Vidar Sigurdsson, University of Oslo

Anti Selart, University of Tartu

Carsten Selch Jensen, University of Copenhagen

Gustavs Strenga, National Library of Latvia

Miikka Tamminen, Tampere University

Fjodor Uspenskij, Institute of Russian Language, Russian Academy of Science