In Frontiers for Peace in the Medieval North. The Norwegian-Scottish Frontier c. 1260-1470, Ian Peter Grohse examines social and political interactions in Orkney, a Norwegian-held province with long and intimate ties to the Scottish mainland. Commonly portrayed as the epicentre of political tension between Norwegian and Scottish fronts, Orkney appears here as a medium for diplomacy between monarchies and as an avenue for interface and cooperation between neighbouring communities. Removed from the national heartlands of Scandinavia and Britain, Orcadians fostered a distinctly local identity that, although rooted in Norwegian law and civic organization, featured a unique cultural accent engendered through Scottish immigration. This study of Orcadian experiences encourages greater appreciation of the peaceful dimensions of pre-modern European frontiers.
Ian Peter Grohse, Ph.D. (2014), Norwegian University of Science and Technology, is Associate Professor of Medieval History at the University College Volda, Norway. He has published multiple articles on Norse-Scottish relations, migration and cross-cultural conflict in Northern Europe in the Middle Ages.
''Grohse's study is a fine addition to studies of both frontier societies and late medieval Orkney. Grohse makes a good case for nuancing assumptions of frontier societies in the Middle Ages, arguing for a much more complex understanding of in-between political entities. His study is thus of value to not only those who are interested in the history of Orkney, but also to those working on border communities and frontier societies in the Middle Ages''.
Bjørn Bandlien, in The American Historical Review 124/3 (2019).
All interested in pre-modern frontiers, and anyone concerned with Scandinavian and British societies and relations in the Middle Ages.