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Journée d’études organisée par P. Bauduin (Université de Caen Normandie) et A. Peters-Custot (Université de Nantes)

Bâtir un État « normand » aux XIe-XIIe siècles : de la guerre à la paix

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Université de Caen- MRSH SH 028
Vendredi 1er mars 2019

La transition entre l’état de guerre censé présider à une conquête territoriale, et l’état de paix censé inaugurer l’émergence d’une nouvelle construction politique est de moins en moins pensée comme le saut d’un fossé qualitatif qui séparerait la violence guerrière d’un côté, de l’établissement apaisé d’une logique étatique ou pseudo-étatique, et qui distinguerait les farouches et sanglants conquérants (et/ou envahisseurs) d’une part, des pacifiques édificateurs d’une organisation politique nouvelle embrassant les territoires et populations « conquises » d’autre part. Le renouvellement historiographique touchant ces questions est d’une acuité particulière en ce qui concerne la construction médiévale des « mondes normands ». Ces derniers, plus ou moins franchement marqués par l’origine scandinave – et le cortège de représentations associées aux vikings –  des acteurs ou de leurs descendants qui y opèrent, bénéficient des bouleversements historiographiques qui, depuis quelques décennies, relisent le phénomène viking lui-même. Ainsi, le passage de la conquête à la construction politique, en Normandie, dans l’Angleterre post-Hastings, et dans l’Italie méridionale et la Sicile du XIe siècle ne saurait plus être conçu de manière binaire comme un processus séquencé en deux temps exclusifs l’un de l’autre, faisant se succéder la guerre à la paix. Le processus de construction des royaumes scandinaves a été également l’objet de recherches importantes qui ont remis en cause une logique purement diffusionniste calquée sur un modèle occidental pour mettre en valeur les dynamiques propres aux sociétés scandinaves dans la construction des nouveaux pouvoirs.

L’actualité historiographique est fort riche sur ces sujets. La formation des royaumes scandinaves a été largement replacée dans un contexte européen (S. Bagge, From Viking Stronghold to Christian Kingdom. State Formation in Norway, c. 900-1350,2010 ; S. Bagge, Cross & Scepter. The Rise of the Scandinavian Kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation, 2014). La naissance du duché de Normandie est désormais considérée comme une histoire largement marquée par une appropriation des codes francs par les nouveaux venus, et ce bien avant le traité de Saint-Clair-sur-Epte en 911 (P. Bauduin, La première Normandie, 2004). Guillaume le Conquérant a fait l’objet d’une récente biographie – en cours de traduction en langue française – par David Bates, qui  avait proposé voici quelques années  une analyse de la conquête normande de l’Angleterre et de ses conséquences (Normans and Empire, 2013) permettant une révision du paradigme impérialiste à partir de nouveaux outils d’analyse. Les liens entre conquêtes et exercice du pouvoir sont au cœur de l’ouvrage d’Annliese Nef sur la Sicile des Hauteville (Conquérir et gouverner la Sicile islamique, 2010) et interrogent les catégories du pouvoir et de la domination dans le contexte très particulier des héritages islamiques actifs dans l’île à l’arrivée des « Normands » : le passage de la conquête à la construction politique y prend un tour d’autant plus exceptionnel que la conquête a duré plus de trois décennies, durant lesquelles les conquérants construisent un territoire politique en même temps qu’ils poursuivent la conquête  – si on peut appeler ainsi une si lente entreprise, qui ressemble beaucoup à une imprégnation. Pouvoir, domination, construction politique sont aussi au cœur des récentes études sur la Normandie (M. Hagger, Norman Rule in Normandy [911-1144], 2017) ou sur le royaume anglo-saxon et/ou anglo-normand (G. Molyneaux, The Formation of the English Kingdom in the Tenth Century, Oxford, 2015 ; J. Green, Forging the Kingdom : Power in English Society, 973-1189, 2017).

De telles relectures historiques nous invitent à reprendre, par le biais d’une approche comparatiste classique, les modalités dûment contextualisées et historicisées du passage de la conquête à la construction étatique. L’originalité de notre démarche tient à son audace épistémologique : nous souhaiterions, au-delà d’une synthèse comparatiste des cas, travailler en partant de modèles anachroniques ou politiquement divergents, en particulier en ne nous empêchant pas de nous inspirer, au risque de l’anachronisme, afin d’en tester la validité, de types connus de dynamiques politiques (empires anciens, empires coloniaux) voire de réflexions contemporaines sur la logique étatique (P. Bourdieu, De l’Etat) :

  • La logique du gouvernement des populations conquises : maintien ou solidité de structures préexistantes (ex. Old English State, cadres administratifs et fiscaux byzantins et islamiques en Sicile), revendication ou non d’une continuité de la domination politique par les nouveaux pouvoirs ; élimination massive ou sélective, particulièrement des anciennes élites ; processus militaire et social de « pacification » (en s’inspirant des théories du XIXe siècle notamment, pour la France, Pennequin / Lyautey / Gallieni) ; création de formes de consensus, d’adhésion et de participation des communautés conquises.
  • La logique juridique : légitimation de la conquête ; passage de l’état de guerre à l’état de paix par une constitution juridique nouvelle ; adoption ou adaptation des corpus législatifs, positionnement des nouveaux dominants dans cette logique.
  • La logique socio-politique : intégration sociale, reconfiguration politique des élites, intégration idéologique, formation de nouvelles identités.

D’autres logiques, qui recoupent en partie les précédentes peuvent être évoquées et être croisées avec celles énumérées ci-dessus ou faire l’objet de développements ultérieurs :

  • La construction économique et foncière  de la domination : appropriation, recensement, cadastration, relance de la pompe fiscale (imposition de nouveaux flux fiscaux et/ou reprise des anciennes fiscalités), modifications dans la production économique.
  • La logique religieuse : entreprises « missionnaires », conversions, reconfigurations territoriales des religions et de leurs points d’appui…
  • La logique « culturelle » : modifications linguistiques, usages de l’écrit, politique mono ou pluri-linguistique, appropriations esthétiques et artistiques, échanges de culture matérielle.

A défaut d’embrasser toutes ces thématiques cette journée d’étude se propose de réfléchir aux points d’entrées possible à une réflexion collective et comparatiste sur la construction politique en contexte post-conquête en partant des expériences historiques étudiées dans les mondes normands.

Cette manifestation s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’ axe « Une mondialisation médiévale : les Normands (IXe-XVe siècle) », du projet NORMONDE (dir. Jean-François Klein, Université du Havre), financé par la Région Normandie (http://grhis.univ-rouen.fr/grhis/?page_id=13327).

Le retour des propositions de communication est attendu au 15 septembre 2018, avec un court résumé (1000 caractères/150 mots).

Contacts :
Annick Peters-Custot : annick.peterscustot@univ-nantes.fr
Pierre Bauduin : pierre.bauduin@unicaen.fr

Di Bartolo Francesco, Abitati rupestri e citta’ fortificate nella Sicilia occidentale dai bizantini ai normanni

Di Bartolo Francesco, Abitati rupestri e citta’ fortificate nella Sicilia occidentale dai bizantini ai normanni, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2015 (Università di Bologna)

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Anderson Katherine, The influence of Scots and Norse law on law and governance in Orkney and Shetland 1450-1650

Anderson Katherine, The influence of Scots and Norse law on law and governance in Orkney and Shetland 1450-1650, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2015 (University of Aberdeen)

Continuer la lecture de Anderson Katherine, The influence of Scots and Norse law on law and governance in Orkney and Shetland 1450-1650

Leonard, Alison M. A., Nested negotiations : landscape and portable material culture in Viking-Age England

Leonard, Alison M. A., Nested negotiations : landscape and portable material culture in Viking-Age England, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2015 (University of York)

Continuer la lecture de Leonard, Alison M. A., Nested negotiations : landscape and portable material culture in Viking-Age England

McGuigan Neil, Neither Scotland nor England : Middle Britain, c.850-1150

McGuigan Neil, Neither Scotland nor England : Middle Britain, c.850-1150, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2015 (University of St Andrews)

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Cartwright Ben Helmut John, Making the cloth that binds us : the role of spinning and weaving in crafting the communities of Viking Age Atlantic Scotland (AD c.600-1400)

Cartwright Ben Helmut John, Making the cloth that binds us : the role of spinning and weaving in crafting the communities of Viking Age Atlantic Scotland (AD c.600-1400), Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2015 (University of Cambridge)

[Source : http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?did=1&uin=uk.bl.ethos.708804]

 

De Roo Tessa Frances, The Viking sea from A to B : charting the nautical routes from Scandinavia in the early Viking Age

De Roo Tessa Frances, The Viking sea from A to B : charting the nautical routes from Scandinavia in the early Viking Age, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2015, (University of Cambridge)

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From Vikings to Normans in England and Ireland

Article publié dans le dossier thématique – actes de la journée d’étude du 20 novembre 2015, Les transferts culturels dans les mondes normands médiévaux I – Des mots pour le dire ?

From Vikings to Normans in England and Ireland

David Griffiths

University of Oxford, England, UK


In this short piece, I address the ways in which historians and archaeologists have approached, interpreted and described the Viking and Norman presences in England and Ireland. These are treated as very different phenomena, yet in many ways have similar origins and effects. ‘Vikings’ (a word hardly used in near-contemporary historical sources, which use ‘Northmen’, ‘Gentiles’, Foreigners’) became a feature of English and Irish historical consciousness from the 780s AD, with raids followed by more sustained semi-systematic warfare coupled to settlement and assimilation, and ultimately dynastic rivalry and competing claims on statehood. The latter are exemplified in England by the successful attempt by Svein Forkbeard of Denmark to wrest the crown and make way for his son Cnut’s accession in 1016, and in Ireland by the creation of the kingdom of Dublin and the failed attempts by external powers in the Norse world to invade Ireland in 1014 and by Magnus Barelegs of Norway in 1098/1103. Duke William of Normandy, it will need no reminder to say, invaded southern England in 1066, and over the following 20 years (expensively and often bloodily) established Norman rule over the majority of the country. An important dimension to the Norman invasion is its coincidence with the Northumbrian rebellion against Harold II and the Norwegian invasion led by Harald Hardraði, which narrowly failed at the Battle of Stamford Bridge on 25 September 1066, three days prior to the Norman fleet landing at Pevensey, Sussex. Following William’s success at Hastings, and his assumption of the crown, further unsuccessful Danish campaign was mounted against England in 1069-70. Subsequently in 1169-71, led initially by Norman settlers from West Wales, and representing the king Henry II (also Duke of Normandy and Aquitaine and Count of Anjou), an Anglo-Norman army landed (initially by Irish invitation) in south-eastern Ireland, rapidly effecting a take-over of the towns and then the Irish countryside. Continuer la lecture de From Vikings to Normans in England and Ireland

Voyages en Russie et définition des marges du monde scandinave dans les fornaldarsögur

Voyages en Russie et définition des marges du monde scandinave dans les fornaldarsögur

Travel in Russia and the definition of the Scandinavian world’s margins in the genre of the fornaldarsögur

Viaggi in Russia e definizione dei confini del mondo scandinavo nelle fornaldarsögur

Benoît Humbert, Doctorant EPHE, CNRS-UMR 8167 Orient et Méditerranée

Article dans Tabularia :
http://www.unicaen.fr/mrsh/craham/revue/tabularia/print.php?dossier=dossier14&file=04humbert.xml

Résumé :
Thème récurrent de la littérature scandinave médiévale, le voyage en Russie semble évoluer au gré du temps et des genres. La géographie russe s’y présente comme une construction littéraire loin des réalités physiques et historiques, résultat d’un syncrétisme entre différents types de sources. Ce constat est encore plus frappant avec le genre des fornaldarsögur qui figure une véritable évolution où les régions de la Russie médiévale sont pour la première fois décrites, et où la géographie physique fait place à une conception mentale des frontières reposant sur la définition de l’altérité et la prise de conscience de l’unité culturelle scandinave.

Mots-clés : sagas légendaires, Rus’ ancienne, monde Viking, altérité, frontières, marges, voyages

Abstract:
Recurring theme of medieval Scandinavian literature, travel in Russia seems to evolve according to time and genres. The Russian geography appears in fact as a literary construction far from the physical and historical realities, which results from a syncretism between different types of sources. This is even more striking with the genre of fornaldarsögur which introduces a real change where the regions of Medieval Russia are physically described for the first time, and where the geography gives way to a mental conception of geography and borders based on the definition of otherness and the awareness of a Scandinavian cultural unity.

Keywords: legendary sagas, Old Rus’, Viking world, otherness, borders, margins, travels

Riassunto :
Tema ricorrente della letteratura scandinava medievale, il viaggio in Russia sembra evolvere a seconda delle epoche e dei generi. La geografia russa si presenta come una costruzione letteraria avulsa dalle realtà fisiche e storiche, risultato di un sincretismo fra diversi tipi di fonti. Questa considerazione è tanto più evidente nel genere delle fornaldarsögur, che mostra un cambiamento significativo : le regioni della Russia medievale sono descritte per la prima volta, e la geografia fisica è sostituita da una concezione delle frontiere basata sulla definizione dell’alterità e sulla presa di coscienza dell’unità culturale scandinava.

Parole-chiave : saghe del tempo antico, antica Russia, mondo vichingo, alterità, frontiere, confini, viaggi

Norman Tradition and Transcultural Heritage

Norman Tradition and Transcultural Heritage: Exchange of Cultures in the ‘Norman’ Peripheries of Medieval Europe, éd. Thomas Foerster, Stefan Burkhardt, Ashgate 2013.

 

Résumé/abstract :

The Normans have long been recognised as one of the most dynamic forces within medieval western Europe. With a reputation for aggression and conquest, they rapidly expanded their powerbase from Normandy, and by the end of the twelfth century had established themselves in positions of strength from England to Sicily, Antioch to Dublin. Yet, despite this success recent scholarship has begun to question the ‘Norman Achievement’ and look again at the degree to which a single Norman cultural identity existed across so diverse a territory. To explore this idea further, all the essays in this volume look at questions of Norman traditions in some of the peripheral Norman dominions. In response to recent developments in cultural studies the volume uses the concepts of ‘tradition’ and ‘heritage’ to question the notion of a stable pan-European Norman culture or identity, and instead reveals the degrees to which Normans adopted and adapted to local conditions, customs and requirements in order to form their own localised cultural heritage. Divided into two sections, the volume begins with eight chapters focusing on Norman Sicily. These essays demonstrate both the degree of cultural intermingling that made this kingdom an extraordinary paradigm in this regard, and how the Normans began to develop their own distinct origin myths that diverged from those of Norman France and England. The second section of the volume provides four essays that explore Norman ethnicity and identity more broadly, including two looking at Norman communities on the opposite side of Europe to the Kingdom of Sicily: Ireland and the Scandinavian settlements in the Kievan Rus. Taken as a whole the volume provides a fascinating assessment of the construction and malleability of Norman identities in transcultural settings. By exploring these issues through the tradition and heritage of the Norman’s ‘peripheral’ dominions, a much more sophisticated understanding can be gained, not only of the Normans but of the wider cultural forces at work with the medieval west.

 

Lien/Link https://www.routledge.com/products/9781409463306

Birsay-Skaill Landscape Archaeology Project, Orkney, Scotland, UK

Responsables du projet/Project leaders : David Griffiths (david.griffiths@conted.ox.ac.uk), Ms Jane Harrison (jane.harrison@conted.ox.ac.uk)

Établissements principaux/Main institutions : University of Oxford

Projet en cours/Project in progress

Description :

Established to explore the Medieval landscapes around Birsay and the Bay of Skaill in Orkney, this project conducts survey and excavation targeting settlement history. Excavations have focused on Norse-period settlements in the Mound of Snusgar area (site of a famous Norse-period hoard), a few minutes walk from the Skara Brae Neolithic site. Although the aim is to explore the Medieval landscape, the project has a wider landscape reconstruction remit which covers earlier periods as well. There are both training and research opportunities. There is normally a fee for student participation to cover costs and training. Fieldwork normally happens in August each year, and there are many opportunities to explore the famous sites on Orkney mainland.

[Lien/Link : https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/research/projects/birsay-skaill/index.php]

Hoards: Viking Age Gold and Silver from Ireland

Responsables du projet/Project leaders : John Sheehan (jsheehan@ucc.ie)

Établissements principaux/Main institutions : University College Cork

Projet en cours/Project in progress

Description :

This project will result in the publication of study and catalogue of the eighty-eight Viking-age gold and silver hoards containing non-numismatic material of Scandinavian character from Ireland, c. AD 800-c.1000, and will discuss these finds in the context of related hoards from Britain and Scandinavia. Undertaken in conjunction with the National Museum of Ireland, this project details the hoards and their components and examines the social and economic impacts of the Vikings on early medieval Ireland.

[Lien/Link : http://www.ucc.ie/en/archaeology/research/projects/hoards/]

Nordic Research Network Glasgow 2016

Nordic Research Network Glasgow 2016 — Bridges Between: Norse and Insular Worlds 500-1500

Glasgow, 4 May 2016

PAPER PROPOSAL DEADLINE 15 JANUARY 2016

This interdisciplinary day conference presented by The Nordic Research Network at the University of Glasgow welcomes contributions from postgraduates and early-career researchers to explore the topic of “Bridges Between: Norse and Insular Worlds in the period c. 500 – 1500 A.D.”

The theme of the conference is “Bridges”, and we welcome papers (<20min) which explore the relationships which emphasise connections, interactions, and interfaces within the wider Norse world. This conference hopes to break new ground in discussing how these « bridges » developed over a thousand year period, going beyond the traditional historical boundaries. We also seek contributions which aim to build interdisciplinary bridges between research traditions and academic institutions.

If you are interested in participating, please submit a 200 word abstract and a <50 word bio to glasgow@nordicresearchnetwork.co.uk by January 15th 2016.

Potential topics may include (but are not limited to):

– Norse Archaeology in the Insular region or Insular influences in the Norse-speaking world.

– Linguistic and Onomastic interactions and changes.

– The Scandinavian origins of the Anglo-Saxons.

– The historical influence of the Scandinavians in Britain during the later medieval period.

– Interactions between the Norse and the natural environment.

– Contacts between the Norse and indigenous peoples throughout the North Atlantic.

– Bridging archaeometric analysis with a theoretical framework.

[Link : http://www.nordicresearchnetwork.co.uk/call-for-papers.html]

Koch Madsen Christian, Pastoral Settlement. Farming and Hierarchy in Norse Vatnahverfi, South Greenland

Koch Madsen Christian, Pastoral Settlement. Farming and Hierarchy in Norse Vatnahverfi, South Greenland, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2014, (Université de Copenhague)

Résumé/abstract :

Norse farmers settled Greenland around AD 1000. They established two settlements, where the southernmost – the Eastern Settlement – was the largest and lasted until ca. AD 1450, where after it was depopulated for unknown reasons. Through an archaeological study of one of the Eastern Settlement’s core areas – ‘Vatnahverfi’ – this dissertation analyses and discusses how the settlement was organized and changed throughout time. New precision surveys of 157 sites and 1308 individual ruins show that the dispersed settlement was organized after strongly hierarchical patterns. The Norse pastoral farming system relied on extensive land use practices organized around shielings, and apparently after unique Greenlandic patterns. A population estimate based on these settlement patterns implies an average population in Vatnahverfi of only ca. 225-550 people, and an average maximum population of ca. 1400-1940 in the whole of the Eastern Settlement. New and old 14C-dates show that the settlement expanded in two phases: the best agricultural areas were quickly occupied around AD 1000, more marginal areas about a century later. The settlement reached a maximum between AD 1100-1200, where after it quickly contracted and power was centralized on fewer manors. Already by AD 1250 the settlement was again concentrated on those areas that had initially been settled, and after AD 1350 even these areas witnessed a decline in land use. Although climatic deterioration towards the ‘Little Ice Age’ undoubtedly made it harder to be a farmer in South Greenland, this study implies that low population densities – and a very unequal access to resources and options – was perhaps the major problem facing the Norse and ultimately a key reason for the abandonment of the settlements.

[Source : http://www.nabohome.org/postgraduates/theses/ckm/]

Knight Dayanna, Identity construction and maintenance in the North Atlantic c. AD800-1250

Knight Dayanna, Identity construction and maintenance in the North Atlantic c. AD800-1250,  Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2014, (dir. C.P. Loveluck, A.G. Poulter, Université de Nottingham)

Résumé/abstract :

This study is a multivalent investigation of Scandinavian identity formation and cultural structures within the north Atlantic that looks specifically at the construction and maintenance of island identities circa AD800-1250. This not only includes consideration of the Norse settlers but also the effects of contact between the emerging island cultural identities and continental Europe. In order to do this zones of settlement have been defined to better compare the expansion of medieval Scandinavian populations in terms of microscale practices and interactions within family groups and the macroscale vectors of social, economic and political change. It employs a wide variety of material that makes use of aspects of both prehistoric and historic sources. The variety of enabling conditions ultimately provided for a time the circumstances necessary for the long-term success of a number of the settlements established during this period. The evidence is considered in as subjective manner as possible with the sources available also reflecting the conditions of initial region excavation and publication.

[Source : http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/14078/]