Christianization and the Rise of Christian Monarchy

The extension of Christendom's frontiers by the Christianization of Scandinavia and central Europe, a process also linked to the formation of new principalities and kingdoms, was one of the most fundamental stages in the formation of Europe. In the period c. 900 - c. 1200 religious and political change resulted in the incorporation of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Bohemia, Hungary and Poland into Latin Christendom. In the same period Rus' converted to Orthodox Christianity. In order to understand these processes, it is not enough to study the history of each country separately: a comparative examination highlights regional patterns as well as local specificities.

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(Urnes church, 'Foreningen til norske Fortidsminnesmerkers Bevaring' Photo by R. Utne)
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