Martin Carver, "The Cross Goes North: Processes of Conversion in Northern Europe, AD 300-1300"
Boydell Press | January 26, 2006 | English | ISBN: 1843831252 | 602 pages | PDF | 18 Mb
In Europe, the cross went north and east as the centuries unrolled: from the Dingle Peninsula to Estonia, and from the Alps to Lapland, ranging in time from Roman Britain and Gaul in the third and fourth centuries to the conversion of peoples in the Baltic area a thousand years later. These episodes of conversion form the basic narrative here. History encourages the belief that the adoption of Christianity was somehow irresistible, but specialists show the underside of the process by turning the spotlight from the missionaries, who recorded their triumphs, to the converted, exploring their local situations and motives.