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Dr Haki Antonsson

Senior Lecturer in Medieval Scandinavian Studies

Born 1970 in Reykjavik, Iceland, I received my Ph.D. in medieval history from the University of St Andrews in 2000. I was a lecturer in the Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews (2000-2001) and the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, University of Cambridge (2001-2004). I was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bergen, 2004-2007.

Academic interests

The history and culture of Scandinavia between ca. 900 and ca. 1300; the Christianization of Scandinavia and especially the cult of saints and the associated Old Norse and Latin literature; cultural interaction between the British Isles and Scandinavia.

Teaching 2012-2013

Viking-Age Scandinavia (Scan 2401)

The Vikings in Europe (Scan 4402)

The Middle Ages and the Formation and European and National Identities (ELCS 6015)

Europe and the Crusades (ELCS 4019)

I am co-cordinator of Histories and Culture in the Nordic Region (Scan 1303) and contribute to the MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the MA in Comparative Literature.


Monographs/Edited Books:

St Magnus of Orkney: A Scandinavian Martyr-Cult in Context (Brill 2007)

[ed. with Ildar H. Garipzanov]: Saints and their Lives on the Periphery: Veneration of Saints in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe (c.1000-1200) (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010).

Articles and Chapters in Books:

[Forthcoming] 'Salvation and Early Saga Writing in Iceland' Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 8 (2012) (75pp)

'The early cult of saints in Scandinavia and the converson: a comparative perspective', In: Saints and their Lives on the Periphery: Veneration of Saints in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe (c.1000-1200), ed. Haki Antonsson and Ildar Garipzanov (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010), 17-39.

'[With Ildar Garipzanov] 'Introduction: The Veneration of Saints in Early Christian Scandinavia and Eastern Europe', in (eds). Haki Antonsson and Ildar H. Garipzanov), Saints and their Lives on the Periphery: Veneration of Saints in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe (c.1000-1200) (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010), 2-14.

'Traditions of conversion in medieval Scandinavia. A synthesis', Saga-Book 24 (2010), 25-74.

'False claims to papal canonisations of saints: Scandinavia and elsewhere', Mediaeval Scandinavia 19 (2009), pp. 171-204.

’A Norwegian in Durham: an anatomy of a miracle in Reginald of Durham’s Libellus de admirandis beati Cuthberti’, in West over Sea: Studies in Scandinavian Sea-Borne Expansion and Settlement Before 1300, ed. B. B. Smith et al. (Leiden 2007), 195-208.

 ‘The kings of Norway and the earls of Orkney: the case of Orkneyinga saga, chapter 36’, Mediaeval Scandinavia 15 (2005), pp. 81-100.

'Saints and relics in early Christian Scandianvia', Mediaeval Scandinavia 15 (2005), pp. 51-80.

‘A brief review of the ‘Minster hypothesis’ in England and some general
observations on its relevance to Scandinavia and Iceland’, in Church Centres. Church Centres in Iceland and their Parallels in other Countries, ed. Helgi orlaksson (Reykholt 2005), 35-46.

‘St Magnús of Orkney: aspects of his cult from a European perspective’, The World of Orkneyinga Saga-‘The Broad-cloth Viking Trip, ed. O. Owen (Kirwall 2005), 14-29.

‘Some observations on martyrdom in post-conversion Scandinavia’, Saga-Book 28 (2004), 70-94.

 ‘St. Magnus of Orkney and St. Thomas of Canterbury: two twelfth-century martyrs’, in Sagas, Saints and Settlements, ed. P. Bibire and G. Williams (2004), pp. 41-64.

 ‘Sanctity, exile and some late viking-age rulers’, in Exile in the Middle Ages, ed. L. Napran and E. van Houts (Brepols 2004), pp. 43-58.

‘The cult of St. Olaf in the eleventh century and Kievan Rus’, Middelalderforum (Forum Medievale) 3:1-2 (2003), pp. 143-160.

Insigne crucis: a European motif in a Scandinavian setting’, in The North Sea World. Studies in the Cultural History of North-Western Europe, ed. T. Liszka and L. Walker (2001), pp. 15-31.

Reviews and Miscellanea:

'Thomas Saga Erkibyskups' in The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, ed. Robert E. Bjork (Oxford 2010).

'The Battle of Stiklestad', in The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, ed. Robert E. Bjork (Oxford 2010).

Unpredictability and Presence. Norwegian Kingship in the High Middle Ages - by Hans Jacob Orning, Early Medieval Europe 18:2 (2010), 238-240.

Íslendingabók ; Kristni Saga - The book of the Icelanders ; The Story of the Conversion. Translated by Siân Grønlie, Early Medieval Europe 18:1 (2010), 116-118.

'Íslensk bannsakamál í erlendu samhengi [opponent's speech at Láru Magnúsardóttir's doctoral defence, University of Iceland, June 2007]', Saga XLV:2 (2007), 181-186.

The Growth of the Medieval Icelandic Sagas (1180-1220) - by Thedore M. Andersson, Early Medieval Europe 15:4 (2007), 453-454.

A Companion to Old-Norse Icelandic Literature and Culture - Edited by Rory McTurk, Early Medieval Europe 15:4 (2007), 464-466.

Alexandra Sanmark, Power and Conversion - A Comparative Study of
Christianization in Scandinavia, Early Medieval Europe 14:3 (2006), 343-345.

Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir and Anna Guðmundsdóttir (eds), Til heiðurs og hugbótar. Greinar um trúarkveðskap fyrrir alda, Saga-Book of the Viking-Society for Northern Research 29 (2005), 141-143.

Martin Carver (ed). The Cross Goes North. Processes of Conversion in Northern Europe, AD 300-1300, Saga-Book of the Viking Society for Northern Research 29 (2005), 164-166.

Oddaannálar og Oddaverjaannálar. Edited by Eiríkur Þormóðsson and Guðrún Ása Grímsdóttir, Saga- Book of the Viking-Society for Northern Research 28 (2004), 108-109.

Participation in Academic Projects

Co-operating partner in the OYI Research Project (2007-2011)
The“Forging” of Christian Identity in the Northern Periphery (c.820-c.1200)

Contact details:


tel. 02076793176