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)

Translated title of the contribution: The Iberian Peninsula in the early Middle Ages: Starting point of intercultural contacts between the Ottonians and the Andalusian Muslims: Historical-cultural considerations from the literary (Hrotsvit of Gandersheim) and chronological points of view (Johannes of Gorze)

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Abstract

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.

Translated title of the contributionThe Iberian Peninsula in the early Middle Ages: Starting point of intercultural contacts between the Ottonians and the Andalusian Muslims: Historical-cultural considerations from the literary (Hrotsvit of Gandersheim) and chronological points of view (Johannes of Gorze)
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)397-418
Number of pages22
JournalArcadia
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 27 2018

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory

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