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The Christianization
Christianization
of Scandinavia
Scandinavia
as well as other Nordic countries and the Baltic countries, took place between the 8th and the 12th[citation needed] centuries. The realms of Scandinavia
Scandinavia
proper, Denmark, Norway
Norway
and Sweden
Sweden
( Sweden
Sweden
is an 11th or 12th century merger of the former countries Götaland
Götaland
and Svealand[1]), established their own Archdioceses, responsible directly to the Pope, in 1104, 1154 and 1164, respectively. The conversion to Christianity
Christianity
of the Scandinavian people required more time, since it took additional efforts to establish a network of churches. The Sami remained unconverted until the 18th century.[2] Newer archeological research suggests there were Christians in Götaland
Götaland
already during the 9:th Century, it is further believed Christianity
Christianity
came from the South-West and moved towards the North.[3] Denmark
Denmark
was also the first of the Scandinavian countries which was Christianized, as Harald Bluetooth
Harald Bluetooth
declared this around 975 AD, and rose the larger of the two Jelling
Jelling
Stones.[4] The oldest still-existing church built in stone, is found in (former) Denmark, Dalby Holy Cross Church from around 1040 AD.[5] Although the Scandinavians became nominally Christian, it took considerably longer for actual Christian beliefs to establish themselves among the people in some regions,[6][7] while the people were Christianized before the king in other regions. The old indigenous traditions that had provided security and structure were challenged by ideas that were unfamiliar, such as original sin, the Incarnation, and the Trinity. Archaeological excavations of burial sites on the island of Lovön
Lovön
near modern-day Stockholm
Stockholm
have shown that the actual Christianization
Christianization
of the people was very slow and took at least 150–200 years,[8] and this was a very central location in the Swedish kingdom. Thirteenth-century runic inscriptions from the merchant town of Bergen in Norway
Norway
show little Christian influence, and one of them appeals to a Valkyrie.[9] During the early Middle Ages the papacy had not yet manifested itself as the central Roman Catholic authority, so that regional variants of Christianity
Christianity
could develop.[10] Since the image of a "victorious Christ" frequently appears in early Germanic art, scholars have suggested that Christian missionaries presented Christ "as figure of strength and luck" and that possibly the Book of Revelation, which presents Christ as victor over Satan, played a central part in the spread of Christianity
Christianity
among the Vikings.[11]

Contents

1 Mission of Hamburg-Bremen 2 Scandinavian countries

2.1 Denmark 2.2 Norway 2.3 Sweden 2.4 Gotland 2.5 Jämtland

3 Other Nordic countries

3.1 Faroe Islands 3.2 Finland 3.3 Iceland

4 The Baltic countries

4.1 Lithuania

5 Motives for conversion 6 Last pagans 7 See also 8 Notes 9 Further reading

9.1 In other languages

Mission of Hamburg-Bremen[edit]

The Viking Age
Viking Age
image stone Sövestad 1 from Skåne
Skåne
depicts a man carrying a cross.

Recorded missionary efforts in Denmark
Denmark
started with Willibrord, Apostle to the Frisians, who preached in Schleswig, which at the time was part of Denmark.[12] He went north from Frisia
Frisia
sometime between 710 and 718 during the reign of King Ongendus.[13] Willibrord
Willibrord
and his companions had little success: the king was respectful but had no interest in changing his beliefs. Agantyr did permit 30 young men to return to Frisia
Frisia
with Willibrord. Perhaps Willibrord's intent was to educate them and recruit some of them to join his efforts to bring Christianity
Christianity
to the Danes.[14] A century later Ebbo, Archbishop
Archbishop
of Reims and Willerich, later Bishop of Bremen, baptized a few persons during their 823 visit to Denmark. He returned to Denmark
Denmark
twice to proselytize but without any recorded success.[14] In 826, the King of Jutland
Jutland
Harald Klak
Harald Klak
was forced to flee from Denmark
Denmark
by Horik I, Denmark's other king. Harald went to Emperor Louis I of Germany to seek help getting his lands in Jutland
Jutland
back. Louis I offered to make Harald Duke of Frisia
Frisia
if he would give up the old gods. Harald agreed, and his family and the 400 Danes with him were baptized in Ingelheim am Rhein.[15] When Harald returned to Jutland, Emperor Louis and Ebbo of Rheims
Ebbo of Rheims
assigned the monk Ansgar
Ansgar
to accompany Harald and oversee Christianity
Christianity
among the converts.[16] When Harald Klak was forced from Denmark
Denmark
by King Horik I again, Ansgar
Ansgar
left Denmark
Denmark
and focused his efforts on the Swedes. Ansgar
Ansgar
traveled to Birka
Birka
in 829 and established a small Christian community there. His most important convert was Herigar, described as a prefect of the town and a counselor to the king. In 831 the Archdiocese
Archdiocese
of Hamburg
Hamburg
was founded and assigned responsibility for proselytizing Scandinavia.[17] Horik I sacked Hamburg
Hamburg
in 845 where Ansgar
Ansgar
had become the archbishop. The seat of the archdiocese was transferred to Bremen.[17] In the same year there was a pagan uprising in Birka
Birka
that resulted in the martyrdom of Nithard and forced the resident missionary Bishop Gautbert to flee.[18] Ansgar
Ansgar
returned to Birka
Birka
in 854 and Denmark
Denmark
in 860 to reestablish some of the gains of his first visits. In Denmark he won over the trust of then-King Horik II (not Horik I, who was murdered in 854 and opposed Christianity) who gave him land in Hedeby (proto-town to be replaced by Schleswig) for the first Christian chapel. A second church was founded a few years later in Ribe
Ribe
on Denmark's west coast. Ribe
Ribe
was an important trading town, and as a result, southern Denmark
Denmark
was made a diocese in 948 with Ribe
Ribe
as its seat, a part of the Archdiocese of Hamburg-Bremen
Archdiocese of Hamburg-Bremen
under its first bishop, St. Leofdag who was murdered that year while crossing the Ribe River.[19] The supremacy of the archdiocese of Hamburg- Bremen
Bremen
over ecclesiastical life in the north gradually declined as the papacy, from the pontificate of Pope Gregory VII
Pope Gregory VII
onwards, involved itself more with the North directly.[20] A significant step in this direction was the foundation of an archbishopric for the whole of Scandinavia
Scandinavia
at Lund
Lund
in 1103–04.[20] Both the accounts of Willibrod and of Harald are semi-mythical, and integrate mythical and legendary themes from the Nordic pagan tradition into their Christian stories. A syncretized variant of the story of Harald, that has him battling Ragnar Lodbrok to establish Christianity
Christianity
in Denmark, appears in Book Nine of Saxo Grammaticus' Gesta Danorum. Ebbo is the name of a mythical Nordic figure, Ibor, also known as Egil or Orvandil, who is an archer, elf, and smith who turns against the Aesir gods and wages war upon them, and the story of Ebbo of Rheims
Ebbo of Rheims
integrates themes of the divine Ebbo's story, including peasant (non-Aesir) birth and migration. Harald's usurpation and his efforts at Christianization
Christianization
are related to several stories of "usurpation" and "changes in sacrifices", including the usurpation of Mithothyn and the introduction of the worship of Frey at Uppsala, in that they utilize similar motifs and mythical figures. Scandinavian countries[edit] Denmark[edit] The spread of Christianity
Christianity
in Denmark
Denmark
occurred intermittently. Danes encountered Christians when they participated in Viking
Viking
raids from the 9th century to the 1060s. Danes were still tribal in the sense that local chiefs determined attitudes towards Christianity
Christianity
and Christians for their clan and kinsmen. Bringing Christian slaves or future wives back from a Viking
Viking
raid brought large numbers of ordinary Danes into close contact with Christians for perhaps the first time. As the chiefs and kings of Denmark
Denmark
became involved in the politics of Normandy, England, Ireland, France, and Germany, they adopted a kinder attitude toward their Christian subjects. In some cases the conversion of the chief or king appears to be purely political to assure an alliance or prevent powerful Christian neighbours from attacking. There were instances when the conversion of a powerful chief (Danish: jarl) or one of the kings was followed by wholesale conversions among their followers. In a few instances conversion was brought about by trial by ordeal miracles wrought by saintly Christians in the presence of the king or other great men of the time. Christian missionaries recognized early on that the Danes did not worship stone or wooden idols as the north Germans or some Swedes did. They could not simply destroy an image to prove that Christ was a superior god. The great religious sites at Viborg, Lejre, Lund, and Odense
Odense
were also the location of Denmark's great assembly places (Danish: landsting). Religious sites in Denmark
Denmark
were often located at sacred springs, magnificent beech groves, or isolated hilltops. Missionaries simply asked to build chapels in those places. Over time the religious significance of the place transferred itself to the chapel. Even after becoming Christian, Danes blended the two belief systems together. Families who lived close to the earth did not want to offend the local spirits (Danish: landvætter), so offerings were left just as they had been in pre-Christian times. Sacred springs (Danish: kilder) were simply consecrated to one of the local saints associated with the spring and life went on much as it had before. Christian missionaries were able to help the process along by locating churches on or near sacred places, in some cases actually using wood from the sacred groves for church construction. Thor's hammer sign was easily absorbed by the cross. Denmark
Denmark
has several saints, canonized by local bishops as was the custom in early Scandinavia
Scandinavia
or revered by locals as saints. Often these saints derive their veneration from deeds associated with the Christianization
Christianization
of Denmark. Viborg has St Kjeld, Aarhus
Aarhus
has St Niels (also called St Nickolas), Odense
Odense
has St Canute (Danish: Sanct Knud). Others include Canute Lavard, Ansgar, St Thøger of Vendsyssel, St Wilhelm, St Leofdag of Ribe, and others gave their lives and efforts to the task of making the Danes Christian. King Gorm the Old
Gorm the Old
(Danish: den Gamle), who was known in his lifetime as Gorm the Sleepy, was the first king of all of Denmark. Until his day, Danish kings were presumably local kings without influence over all the Danes. Denmark
Denmark
consisted of Jutland
Jutland
and Schleswig
Schleswig
and Holstein all the way down to the Eider River, the main islands of Zealand, Funen, Langeland, the nearby lesser islands, and Skåneland. Gorm was said to be "hard and heathen", but Queen Thyra's influence permitted Christians to live more or less without trouble. Gorm and Queen Thyra's son, King Harald Bluetooth, boasted on one of the stones at Jelling
Jelling
that he had "made the Danes Christian". Harald Bluetooth
Harald Bluetooth
is also mentioned in the inscription on the Curmsun Disc, dated AD 960s–980s. On the reverse of the disc there is an octagonal ridge, which runs around the edge of the object. In the center of the octagonal ridge there is a Latin cross which may indicate that Harald Bluetooth was Christian. The first Danish king to convert to Christianity
Christianity
was Harald Klak, who had himself baptised during his exile in order to receive the support of Louis the Pious.[21] Rimbert reports that he set out to return home, accompanied by missionaries;[22] however, Sanmark regards it as "unlikely" that he actually returned home and thus considers his impact on the conversion of Denmark
Denmark
as "probably minor."[21] Christianity
Christianity
only gained a strong hold in Denmark
Denmark
following the baptism of Harald Bluetooth.[21] Initially, Harald had remained pagan, although he had allowed public preaching by Christian missionaries as early as 935. Around 960, Bluetooth converted to Christianity,[21] reportedly when the Frisian monk Poppo held a fire-heated lump of iron in his hand without injury. Harald's daughter, Gunhilde, and his son, Sweyn Forkbeard
Sweyn Forkbeard
were baptized, too. There was also a political reason for conversion. German histories record Harald being baptized in the presence of Emperor Otto I, Sweyn Forkbeard's godfather. One consequence of his conversion is that Danish kings abandoned the old royal enclosure at Jelling
Jelling
and moved their residence to Roskilde
Roskilde
on the island of Zealand. Sweyn rebelled against his father, who spent an inordinate amount of time and money raising a great stone at Jelling
Jelling
to commemorate his accomplishments. One day King Harald asked a traveller if he had ever seen human beings move such a heavy load. "I have seen Sweyn drag all of Denmark
Denmark
away from you, sir. Judge for yourself which of you bears the heavier weight."[23] Harald left the stone lying in the path, realizing at last that Sweyn had nearly succeeded in stealing the whole kingdom. Several battles brought the rebellion to stalemate, but in 985 Harald was mortally wounded by an arrow. Later his remains were buried in the little timber church at Roskilde, then Denmark's capital. His remains are supposed to be walled up in one of the pillars of Roskilde
Roskilde
Cathedral. Sweyn Forkbeard
Sweyn Forkbeard
tried to wrest control of the church in Denmark
Denmark
away from the Holy Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire
and as a result was slandered by German historians of his day. He has been accused of relapsing from his Christian beliefs and persecuting Christians in England. In fact Sweyn gave land to the large cathedral at Lund
Lund
to pay for the maintenance of the chapter. His army destroyed Christian churches in England
England
as part of his invasion following the St. Brice's Day massacre of Danes organized by Aethelred. But when Sweyn became King of England
England
and of Denmark, politics required that he show a kinder face toward the church which had opposed him. Another Christianizing influence was the mass emigration of Danes to England
England
and Normandy
Normandy
in the Viking
Viking
years. Thousands of Danes settled in east central England
England
and in northern France
France
displacing or intermarrying with the locals who were Christian. Once part of a Danish clan became Christian, it often meant that the rest of the family's view toward Christianity
Christianity
softened. By the early 11th century, certainly during the reign of Canute IV, Denmark
Denmark
can be said to be a Christian country. Later known as St. Canute, Canute IV was murdered inside St. Albans Church in 1086 after nobles and peasants alike rebelled at his enforcing the tithe to pay for the new monasteries and other ecclesiastical foundations which were introduced into Denmark
Denmark
for the first time during his reign. Both the institutions and the tax were considered foreign influences, and Canute's refusal to use the regional assemblies as was customary to establish new laws, resulted in his death and that of his brother, Prince Benedict, and seventeen other housecarls. In many ways the canonization of St. Canute in 1188 marks the triumph of Christianity in Denmark. When St. Canute's remains were moved into Odense Cathedral, the entire nation humbled itself with a three-day fast. Although he was not the first Dane to be made a saint, it was the first time for a king, the symbol of a more or less united Denmark, was recognized as an example worthy of veneration by the faithful. From that time until 1536 when Denmark
Denmark
became a Lutheran country under the King (or Queen) of Denmark
Denmark
as the titular head of the Danish National Church, (Danish: Folkekirke) the struggle between the power of the king and nobles and the church would define much of the course of Danish history. Norway[edit] See also: History of Norway

Haakon Jarl was given missionaries by the king of Denmark, but before departure, Haakon sent the missionaries back.

The first recorded attempts at spreading Christianity
Christianity
in Norway
Norway
were made by King Haakon the Good
Haakon the Good
in the tenth century, who was raised in England. His efforts were unpopular and were met with little success. The subsequent King Harald Greyhide, also a Christian, was known for destroying pagan temples but not for efforts to popularize Christianity. He was followed by the staunchly pagan Haakon Sigurdsson
Haakon Sigurdsson
Jarl, who led a revival of paganism with the rebuilding of temples. When Harold I of Denmark
Denmark
attempted to force Christianity
Christianity
upon him around 975, Haakon broke his allegiance to Denmark. A Danish invasion force was defeated at the battle of Hjörungavágr in 986. In 995 Olaf Tryggvason became King Olaf I of Norway. Olaf had raided various European cities and fought in several wars. In 986, however, he (supposedly) met a Christian seer on the Isles of Scilly. As the seer foretold, Olaf was attacked by a group of mutineers upon returning to his ships. As soon as he had recovered from his wounds, he let himself be baptized. He then stopped raiding Christian cities and lived in England
England
and Ireland. In 995 he used an opportunity to return to Norway. When he arrived, Haakon Jarl was already facing a revolt, and Olaf Tryggvason could convince the rebels to accept him as their king. Haakon Jarl was later betrayed and killed by his own slave, while he was hiding from the rebels in a pig sty. Olaf I then made it his priority to convert the country to Christianity
Christianity
using all means at his disposal. By destroying temples and torturing and killing pagan resisters he succeeded in making every part of Norway
Norway
at least nominally Christian.[24] Expanding his efforts to the Norse settlements in the west the kings' sagas credit him with Christianizing the Faroes, Orkney, Shetland, Iceland
Iceland
and Greenland. After Olaf's defeat at the Battle of Svolder
Battle of Svolder
in 1000 there was a partial relapse to paganism in Norway
Norway
under the rule of the Jarls of Lade. In the following reign of Saint Olaf, pagan remnants were stamped out and Christianity
Christianity
entrenched. Nicholas Breakspear, later Pope Adrian IV, visited Norway
Norway
from 1152 to 1154. During his visit, he set out a church structure for Norway. The Papal bull
Papal bull
confirming the establishment of a Norwegian archdiocese at Nidaros is dated November 30, 1154.[25] Sweden[edit] See also: History of Sweden

Ansgar
Ansgar
made an unsuccessful attempt as early as in the 830s.

The first known attempts to Christianize Sweden
Sweden
were made by Ansgar
Ansgar
in 830, invited by the Swedish king Björn at Haugi. Setting up a church at Birka
Birka
he met with little Swedish interest. A century later Unni, archbishop of Hamburg, made another unsuccessful attempt. In the 10th century English missionaries made inroads in Västergötland. Adam of Bremen's historical treatise Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum mentions a pagan Temple at Uppsala
Temple at Uppsala
in central Sweden.[26] "The reliability of Adam's description of the cult site at Gamla Uppsala has been seriously questioned."[27] Although Uppsala's status as a pre-Christian cultic center is well documented, Adam's account could not be confirmed by archaeological findings.[28] The "presumed cult buildings which have been excavated do not resemble Adam's description of a temple 'totally covered with gold."[29] The supporters of the cult at Uppsala drew a mutual agreement of toleration[28] with Olof Skötkonung, the first Christian king of Sweden, who ascended to the throne in the 990s. Presumably Olof Skötkonung was not in a powerful enough position to violently enforce the observance of Christianity
Christianity
in Uppland.[30] Instead he established an episcopal see at Skara
Skara
in Västergötland, near his own stronghold at Husaby
Husaby
around 1000.[30] Another episcopal see was established at Sigtuna
Sigtuna
in the 1060s[30] by King Stenkil, according to Adam of Bremen.[31] This seat was moved to Gamla Uppsala probably some time between 1134 and 1140.[31] This might have been because of Uppsala's importance as an old royal residence and thing site, but it may also have been inspired by a desire to show that the resistance to Christianity
Christianity
in Uppland
Uppland
had been defeated.[31] By papal initiative an archdiocese for Sweden
Sweden
was established at Uppsala in 1164.[31][32] What may be one of the most violent occurrences between Christians and pagans was a conflict between Blot-Sweyn
Blot-Sweyn
and Inge the Elder
Inge the Elder
in the 1080s. This account survives in the Orkneyinga saga
Orkneyinga saga
and in the last chapter of Hervarar saga
Hervarar saga
where the saga successively moves from legendary history to historic Swedish events during the centuries before its compilation. The reigning king Inge decided to end the traditional pagan sacrifices at Uppsala which caused a public counter-reaction. Inge was forced into exile, and his brother-in-law Blot-Sweyn
Blot-Sweyn
was elected king on condition that he allow the sacrifices to continue. After three years in exile, Inge returned secretly to Sweden
Sweden
in 1087, and having arrived at Old Uppsala, he surrounded the hall of Blot-Sweyn
Blot-Sweyn
with his húskarls and set the hall on fire, slaying the king as he escaped from the burning house. Hervarar saga reports that Inge completed the Christianization
Christianization
of the Swedes, but the Heimskringla
Heimskringla
suggests that Inge could not assume power directly, but had to dispose of yet another pagan king, Eric of Good Harvests.[33] According to M. G. Larsson, the reason why the Swedish core provinces had coexistence between paganism and Christianity
Christianity
throughout the 11th century was because there was a general support for the transition towards the new religion.[34] However, the old pagan rites were important and central for legal processes and when someone questioned ancient practices, many newly Christianized Swedes could react strongly in support of paganism for a while.[34] Larsson theorizes that, consequently, the vacillation between paganism and Christianity that is reported by the sagas and by Adam of Bremen
Bremen
was not very different from vacillations that appear in modern ideological shifts.[34] It would have been impossible for King Inge the Elder
Inge the Elder
to rule as a Christian king without strong support from his subjects, and a Norwegian invasion of Västergötland
Västergötland
by Magnus Barefoot put Inge's relationship with his subjects to the test: he appears to have mustered most of the Swedish leidang, 3,600 men, and he ousted the Norwegian occupation force.[35] Although Sweden
Sweden
was officially Christianized by the 12th century, the Norwegian king Sigurd the Crusader
Sigurd the Crusader
undertook a crusade against Småland, the south-eastern part of the Swedish kingdom, in the early 12th century, and officially it was in order to convert the locals. Gotland[edit] The Gutalagen (a Gotlandic law book from the 1220s) officially in use until 1595 but in practice until 1645, stated that performing blóts was punishable by a fine.[36] Jämtland[edit] See also: History of Jämtland On the northernmost runestone of the world standing on the island Frösön
Frösön
in central Jämtland, the Frösö Runestone, it is said that a man called Austmaðr Christianized the region, probably in the period 1030–1050 when the runestone was raised. Little is known of Austmaðr, but he is believed to have been the lawspeaker of the regional thing Jamtamót. Other Nordic countries[edit] The Scandinavian medieval kings also ruled over provinces outside of Scandinavia. These provinces are today known as the Nordic countries. Faroe Islands[edit] See also: History of the Faroe Islands Sigmundur Brestisson
Sigmundur Brestisson
was the first Faroe-man to convert to the Christian faith, bringing Christianity
Christianity
to the Faroes
Faroes
at the decree of Olaf Tryggvason. Initially Sigmundur sought to convert the islanders by reading the decree to the Alting in Tórshavn
Tórshavn
but was nearly killed by the resulting angry mob. He then changed his tactics, went with armed men to the residence of the chieftain Tróndur í Gøtu and broke in his house by night. He offered him the choice between accepting Christianity
Christianity
or face beheading; he chose the former. Later on, in 1005, Tróndur í Gøtu attacked Sigmundur by night at his yard in Skúvoy, whereupon Sigmundur fled by swimming to Sandvík
Sandvík
on Suðuroy. He reached land in Sigmundargjógv in Sandvík, but a farmer in the village killed the exhausted Sigmundur and stole his precious golden arm ring. Finland[edit] See also: History of Finland Judging by archaeological finds, Christianity
Christianity
gained a foothold in Finland during the 11th century. The Roman Catholic church was strengthened with growing Swedish influence in the 12th century and the Finnish "crusade" of Birger Jarl
Birger Jarl
in the 13th century. Finland was part of Sweden
Sweden
since then until the 19th century. Iceland[edit] Main article: Christianization
Christianization
of Iceland Irish monks
Irish monks
known as Papar
Papar
are said to have been present in Iceland before its settlement by the Norse in the 9th century. Following King Olaf I's taking of Icelandic hostages, there was tension between the Christian and pagan factions in 10th century Iceland. Violent clashes were avoided by the decision of the Althing in 1000 AD to put the arbitration between them to Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði, the leader of the pagan faction. He opted, after a day and a night of meditation, that the country should convert to Christianity
Christianity
as a whole, while pagan worship in private would continue to be tolerated.[37] The Baltic countries[edit] Lithuania[edit] Lithuania
Lithuania
and Samogitia
Samogitia
were ultimately Christianized from 1386 until 1417 by the initiative of the Grand Duke of Lithuania
Lithuania
Jogaila and his cousin Vytautas. This event ended one of the most complicated and lengthiest processes of Christianization
Christianization
in European history.[citation needed] However, pagan customs prevailed for a long time among the common people of Lithuania
Lithuania
and were covertly practiced. Motives for conversion[edit] Some conversions appear to have taken place for political and material gain, as well as spiritual reasons. For instance, some may have simply wanted to take the rich gifts (such as a fine, white baptismal garment) that were being handed out by Frankish nobles, who acted as the baptismal candidates' sponsors, when they were baptized. In the case of King Harold Bluetooth of Denmark, for example, he only partially converted to the new faith (at least at first) to preserve his independence from the Germans, who posed an even greater threat at the time than the Franks had been prior to this. He also saw that Christianity
Christianity
had much to offer to his rule. It not only helped to exalt his status, but it also provided practical help. The Missionary bishops were literate, and those who had experience of the royal government in Germany or England
England
had the potential to be valuable advisors.[38] There was also an economic motive to convert as pagan kings were fascinated with Christian wealth. As a result, some chose to accept the new faith as a way to gain access to this wealth.[39] Last pagans[edit] In 1721, a new Danish colony was started in Greenland
Greenland
with the objective of converting the inhabitants to Christianity. Around the same time efforts were made in Norway
Norway
and Sweden
Sweden
to convert the Sami, who had remained pagan long after the conversion of their neighbours. The Sami religion
Sami religion
is still practiced by some.[citation needed] Research shows that Scandinavian countries such as Denmark
Denmark
and Sweden are currently among the least religious nations in the world; nevertheless, "many Danes and Swedes, for instance, will profess belief in 'something,' although not necessarily the God of the Bible." Phil Zuckerman writes in a 2009 article to the Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, "Surely the historical developments of culture and religion in Denmark
Denmark
and Sweden
Sweden
are crucially informing factors in explaining the current state of irreligiosity."[40] See also[edit]

Christianization
Christianization
of Lithuania Christianization
Christianization
of Kievan Rus' Curmsun Disc Germanic Christianity Heimskringla
Heimskringla
– A mediaeval work that relates the lives of the two Norwegian missionary kings Northern Crusades

Notes[edit]

^ http://popularhistoria.se/artiklar/nar-blev-sverige-ett-rike ^ Kenneth Scott Latourette, A history of expansion of Christianity. Vol 2. The thousand years of uncertainty: AD 500–AD 1500 (1938) pp. 106–43. ^ http://popularhistoria.se/artiklar/nar-sverige-blev-kristet ^ http://danmarkshistorien.dk/leksikon-og-kilder/vis/materiale/jelling-stenene-ca-935-985/ ^ http://www.sydsverige.dk/?pageID=150 ^ Elena Melnikova, "How Christian Were Viking
Viking
Christians?." Ruthenika, Suppl. 4 (2011) pp. 90–107 ^ Schön 2004, 170 ^ Schön 2004, 172 ^ Schön 2004, 173 ^ Sanmark 2004: 15 ^ Sanmark 2004: 97 ^ Latourette, A history of expansion of Christianity. Vol 2. The thousand years of uncertainty: AD 500–AD 1500 (1938) pp. 81–87. ^ Hvitfeldt, Arild. Danmarks Riges Krønike ^ a b "St Willibrord" Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913 ^ Robinson, Charles (1915). The Conversion of Europe. ^ Rimbert, "Anskar: The Apostle of the North, 801–865", trans. C.H. Robinson in Carolingian Civilization: A Reader ed. Paul Edward Dutton (Ontario, Canada: Broadview Press, 2004), chap. 10 ^ a b "Ancient See of Hamburg". Catholic Encyclopedia. 1913 ^ Rimbert, "Anskar: The Apostle of the North, 801–865", trans. C.H. Robinson in Carolingian Civilization: A Reader ed. Paul Edward Dutton (Broadview Press, 2004), chap. 17. ^ "Danmark's Ældste Domkirke" Kristelig Dagblad 25 July 2007 ^ a b Sanmark 2004: 107 ^ a b c d Sanmark 2004: 81 ^ Rimbert, The Life of Anskar (extract) ^ Hvitfeldt, Arild. Danmarks riges Krønike ^ Dr. Sæbjørg Walaker Nordeide, Enseignant-Chercheur, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bergen. "The Christianization
Christianization
of Norway" (PDF).  ^ Kaufhold 2001: 116 ^ Kaufhold 2001, 85 ^ Sanmark 2004: 163 ^ a b Kaufhold 2001, 86 ^ Sanmark 2004: 100 ^ a b c Sanmark 2004: 85 ^ a b c d Sanmark 2004: 109 ^ Kaufhold 2001, 117 ^ The epithet of this last king reflects one of the purposes of pre-Christian Germanic kingship, to promote harmony and good harvests, árs ok friðar. ^ a b c Larsson 2002, 160 ^ Larsson 2002, 161 ^ Gutalagen ^ Christianity
Christianity
Archived 2006-10-27 at the Wayback Machine., from a site on the Icelandic parliament. ^ Sawyer, Bright; Sawyer, Peter (1999). "Why Trust The White Christ?". Christian History. 18 (3): 22–25.  ^ Fodor, Eugene (1983). Fodor’s Scandinavia. New York. p. 37.  ^ http://tapir.pdc.no/pdf/NJRS/2009/2009-01-4.pdf

Further reading[edit]

Berend, Nora. Christianization
Christianization
and the Rise of Christian Monarchy: Scandinavia, Central Europe and Rus' c. 900–1200 (2010). Katajala-Peltomaa, Sari. "Fatherhood, Masculinity and Lived Religion in Late-Medieval Sweden." Scandinavian Journal of History 38.2 (2013): 223–44. Latourette, Kenneth Scott. A history of expansion of Christianity. Vol 2. The thousand years of uncertainty: AD 500–AD 1500 (1938) pp. 106–43. Latourette, Kenneth Scott. Christianity
Christianity
in a Revolutionary Age. A History of Christianity
Christianity
in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Vol. II: The Nineteenth Century in Europe, the Protestant and Eastern Churches (1959): pp. 131–96. Latourette, Kenneth Scott. Christianity
Christianity
in a Revolutionary Age. A History of Christianity
Christianity
in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Vol. IV: The Twentirth Century in Europe, the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Eastern Churches. (1961): 310–36 Melnikova, Elena. "How Christian Were Viking
Viking
Christians?." Ruthenica, Suppl. 4 (2011). pp. 90–107; online; also online Meylan, Nicolas. "Mana in the North: Power and Religion in Medieval Scandinavian Historiography," History of Religions (Nov 2016) 56#2 149–66. DOI: 10.1086/688215 online Sanmark, Alexandra: Power and conversion: a comparative study of Christianization
Christianization
in Scandinavia; Uppsala: Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University, Occasional papers in archaeology: 34; ISBN 91-506-1739-7 Also: Ph. D. Thesis, 2002 London, University College pdf bibliography pp. 297–317. Winroth, Anders. The conversion of Scandinavia: Vikings, merchants, and missionaries in the remaking of Northern Europe (Yale UP, 2012).

In other languages[edit]

Hoftun, Oddgeir (2008). Kristningsprosessens og herskermaktens ikonografi i nordisk middelalder, Oslo: Solum forlag. ISBN 978-82-560-1619-8 (in Norwegian) Kaufhold, Martin (2001), Europas Norden im Mittelalter, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft ISBN 3-89678-418-8 (in German) Larsson, M. G. (2002). Götarnas riken. Upptäcksfärder till Sveriges enande. Atlantis, Stockholm. ISBN 91-7486-641-9. (in Swedish) Schön, Ebbe. (2004). Asa-Tors hammare, Gudar och jättar i tro och tradition. Fält & Hässler, Värnamo. ISBN 91-89660-41-2 (in Swedish)

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