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

Publisher: Teodora C. Artimon

ISSN 2786-3107


Matthew Bryan Gillis, University of Tennessee, Knoxville,


Courtney Booker, University of British Columbia

Celia Chazelle, College of New Jersey

Lynda Coon, University of Arkansas

Jennifer Davis, Catholic University of America

Albrecht Diem, Syracuse University

Valerie Garver, Northern Illinois University

James Palmer, University of St Andrews

Helmut Reimitz, Princeton University

Charles West, University of Sheffield


This series explores the history of the Carolingian world (c. 700—c. 900 CE), offering fresh interpretations and perspectives about this formative period in medieval Europe. We seek to publish studies that frame new narratives of the Carolingian past using innovative methodologies and multi-disciplinary approaches on a variety of themes, including (but not limited to): religion and spirituality; culture, literature and thought; social lives and contexts; relationships between the human and nonhuman world; and politics, war and violence. Works that reconceptualize Carolingian ideologies, subjectivities, and materialities will be welcome, as will those that investigate links between the Carolingian world and other regions or historical periods.

We invite proposals for monographs, edited collections, conference proceedings and translations in English. All suitable submissions will undergo a double-blind peer review process.

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Religious Horror and Holy War in Viking Age Francia

Price €79.00

Matthew Bryan Gillis

ISBN 978-615-6405-19-7 (paperback)                                     Paperback, €37.00

ISBN 978-615-6405-20-3 (hardcover)                                      Hardcover, €79.00

eISBN 978-615-6405-21-0 (eBook)                                           eBook, €37.00

DOI: 10.22618/TP.REH.20211

Published: November 2021

pp. 158

Paperbacks and hardcovers will only be available for purchase starting January 2021. 


Religious Horror and Holy War in Viking Age Francia explores how authorities in western Francia used horror rhetoric to cast Christian soldiers, who robbed the poor and the church, as monsters that devoured human flesh and drank human blood. Adapting modern literary horror approaches to medieval sources, this study reveals how such rhetoric served as a form of spiritual weaponry in the clergy’s attempts to correct and condemn wayward military men. This investigation, therefore, unearths long-forgotten Carolingian thought about the dreadful spiritual reality of internal enemies during a time of political division and the Northmen’s depredations. Yet such horror also informed a new understanding of Christian heroism that developed in relation to the wars fought against the invaders. This vision of heroic soldiers, which included military martyrs, culminated in ideas about holy war against the pagans. Thus Carolingian religious horror and holy war together belonged to a body of ideas about the spiritual, unseen side of the church’s cosmic conflict against evil that foreshadowed later medieval Crusading thought. 

 This book is fully available in open access.