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Memory and Materiality: Commemorative Practices and their Reflection in Medieval Danish Sources

Student: Elena Plotnikova

Supervisor: Dr Feodor Uspenskij

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Medieval Studies (Master)

Final Grade: 8

Year of Graduation: 2020

The 12-13th centuries in Danish intellectual culture can be called the epoch of antiquarism: at that time the first chronicles were written to highlight unfairly forgotten history of the kingdom and intellectual milieu of that time was sent to explore old runic inscriptions. Material culture was the main witness of great deeds and failures of Danish kings: memory of the past was hidden in mounds, runic stones, burial artefacts and old settlements. Medieval historians of that time realized the importance of these artefacts and places and created a unique literary landscape which was not only the tool of reflection and reconstruction of the past, but the place of reflection on relevant issues of the epoch.

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