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St Adalbertus Domesticus. Patterns Of Missioning and Episcopal Power in Poland and Scandinavia in the Eleventh to Thirteenth Centuries
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, History of Ideas. University of Gothenburg.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1305-808X
2019 (English)In: Acta Poloniae Historica, ISSN 0001-6829, no 119, p. 209-260Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the ways episcopal milieus on the north-eastern peripheries of Europe created and renewed their identities and symbols of episcopal authority by domesticating their immigrant saints during the high Middle Ages. By comparing the examples of holy bishops arriving to Poland and Sweden (St Adalbert, St Sigfrid, St Henry), it studies the episcopal mythopoesis, that is, the creation of foundational myths and mythologies as well as their adaptation to specific local needs and changing historical circumstances. The article further probes to what extent these mythopoetic efforts were original or imitative in comparison to the Western European episcopal centres and other peripheries. How similarly or differently did the bishops in the "old" and "young" Europe respond to the question: What beginnings do we need today? And what role did the appropriation, commodification, and domestication of holy bishops' images and body parts play in building the institutional identities of bishoprics?

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Instytut Historii PAN , 2019. no 119, p. 209-260
Keywords [en]
episcopal relics, mythopoesis, secondary mythologization, domestication, St Adalbert of Prague, St Sigfrid, St Henry of Finland, Gniezno
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History
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39158DOI: 10.12775/APH.2019.119.12ISI: 000484434500012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-39158DiVA, id: diva2:1367064
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Baltic Hospitality: Receiving Strangers / Providing Security on the Northern European Littoral, ca. 1000–1900
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 9/2018Available from: 2019-10-31 Created: 2019-10-31 Last updated: 2019-11-01Bibliographically approved

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