Die Iberische Halbinsel im frühen Mittelalter: Ausgangspunkt für interkulturelle Kontakte zwischen den Ottonen und den andalusischen Muslimen: Kulturhistorische Betrachtungen aus literarischer (Hrotsvit von Gandersheim) und chronikalischer Sicht (Johannes von Gorze)

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In light of two new strands of research, this study's focus on the contacts between the world of the Iberian Peninsula in the premodern world, and the interest in Christian-Muslim relations globally, brings together two related texts from the early Middle Ages that illustrate a significant proximity between both cultures. Hrotsvit von Gandersheim's "Pelagius" and the contemporary vita of the abbot Johannes of Gorze demonstrate that 10th-century Christian audiences north of the Alps were considerably informed about the situation in the Iberian Peninsula and made significant efforts to learn about the political and religious conditions there. Together, the literary account and the biographical narrative confirm a much more open exchange between both worlds than has previously been assumed.

Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)397-418
Number of pages22
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 27 2018


  • biography
  • cultural contacts
  • diplomacy
  • hagiography
  • Hrotsvit of Gandersheim
  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Johannes of Gorze
  • Muslim culture in Andalusia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory

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