The Cross Goes North
Author: Carver, M.O.H. (Editor)
Title: The Cross Goes North : Processes of Conversion in Northern Europe, AD 300-1300
8vo. xiv, 588 p.: ill, plates, maps. Very light edgewear to the dust-jacket, now in a protective jacket. Bibliographical references at the end of each chapter. Very Good/Very Good
From the jacket: "What were the reactions of the northern peoples to the Christian message? Why would they wish to adopt it for the sake of its alliances? In what way did they adapt the Christian ethos and infrastructure to suit their own community? How did conversion affect the status of farmers, of smiths, of princes and of women? Was society wholly changed, or only in marginal matters of devotion and superstition? These are the issues discussed here by experts from across northern Europe; some answers come from astute re-readings of the texts alone, but most are owed to a combination of history, art history and archaeology working together.