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.
All interested in pre-modern frontiers, and anyone concerned with Scandinavian and British societies and relations in the Middle Ages.