Walter POHL – Andre GINGRICH (Eds.)


medieval worlds • no. 3 • 2016

medieval worlds 3 (2016)


ISSN 2412-3196
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ISBN 978-3-7001-7988-4
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MEDIEVAL WORLDS provides a new forum for interdisciplinary and transcultural studies of the Middle Ages. Specifically it encourages and links comparative research between different regions and fields and promotes methodological innovation in transdisciplinary studies. Focusing on the Middle Ages (c. 400-1500 CE, but can be extended whenever thematically fruitful or appropriate), MEDIEVAL WORLDS takes a global approach to studying history in a comparative setting.
MEDIEVAL WORLDS is open to regular submissions on comparative topics, but also offers the possibility to propose or advertise subjects that lend themselves to comparison. With a view to connecting people working on related topics in different academic environments, we publish calls for matching articles and for contributions on particular issues.

Table of Contents

Walter POHL, Editor’s Preface
Daniel G. KÖNIG, Charlemagne’s ›Jihād‹ Revisited: Debating the Islamic Contribution to an Epochal Change in the History of Christianization
Tsvetelin STEPANOV, Venerating St. Michael the Archangel in the Holy Roman Empire and in Bulgaria, Tenth–Eleventh Centuries: Similarities, Differences, Transformations
Jesse W. TORGERSON, Could Isidore’s Chronicle Have Delighted Cicero? Using the Concept of Genre to Compare Ancient and Medieval Chronicles
Thomas ERTL - Markus MAYER, Acculturation and Elimination: Europe’s Interaction with the Other (Fourteenth–Sixteenth Century)
Miriam Adan JONES, A Chosen Missionary People? Willibrord, Boniface, and the Election of the Angli
Marieke BRANDT, Heroic History, Disruptive Genealogy: al-Ḥasan al-Hamdānī and the Historical Formation of the Shākir Tribe (Wāʿilah and Dahm) in al-Jawf, Yemen
Daniel MAHONEY, The Political Agency of Kurds as an Ethnic Group in Late Medieval South Arabia
Anna FRAUSCHER - Jelle WASSENAAR - Veronika WIESER, Making Ends Meet. Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the End of Times in Medieval Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism

The journal is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

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Walter POHL – Andre GINGRICH (Eds.)


medieval worlds • no. 3 • 2016

medieval worlds 3 (2016)


ISSN 2412-3196
Online Edition

ISBN 978-3-7001-7988-4
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Open access
Indexed by:  ERIH-PLUS, Crossref, DOAJ, EZB

Miriam Adan Jones
PDF Icon  A Chosen Missionary People? Willibrord, Boniface, and the Election of the Angli ()
S.  98 - 115
doi:10.1553/medievalworlds_no3_2016s98

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doi:10.1553/medievalworlds_no3_2016s98
Abstract:
In the seventh and eighth centuries, missionaries from Anglo-Saxon England travelled to the continent with the aim of spreading the gospel among its Germanic peoples. This movement has been seen as a response to a sense of collective vocation tied to the belief that the English were God’s chosen people. This article combs sources associated with the circles of the missionaries Willibrord (d. 739) and Boniface (d. 754) for evidence of such a belief. It breaks down the concept of ethnic election with a missionary purpose into its separate components to be analysed in turn. In the first section, it is argued that Anglo-Saxon missionaries saw themselves as belonging to the Angli, a people united by faith, homeland, and bonds of kinship. The second section presents evidence that the missionaries viewed their own people and its church as specially favoured by God; this favour was tied to the maintenance high standards of belief and practice. The final section considers whether this sense of election acted as a motivator for Anglo-Saxon missionary efforts. It concludes that, despite subsequent claims to the contrary by their contemporaries and successors, the missionaries themselves did not specifically connect the special status of their people with the purpose of evangelism.

Keywords:  Anglo-Saxons; mission; Willibrord; Boniface; ethnicity; divine election
Published Online:  2016/06/30 11:48:22
Object Identifier:  0xc1aa5576 0x0034027f

MEDIEVAL WORLDS provides a new forum for interdisciplinary and transcultural studies of the Middle Ages. Specifically it encourages and links comparative research between different regions and fields and promotes methodological innovation in transdisciplinary studies. Focusing on the Middle Ages (c. 400-1500 CE, but can be extended whenever thematically fruitful or appropriate), MEDIEVAL WORLDS takes a global approach to studying history in a comparative setting.
MEDIEVAL WORLDS is open to regular submissions on comparative topics, but also offers the possibility to propose or advertise subjects that lend themselves to comparison. With a view to connecting people working on related topics in different academic environments, we publish calls for matching articles and for contributions on particular issues.

Table of Contents

Walter POHL, Editor’s Preface
Daniel G. KÖNIG, Charlemagne’s ›Jihād‹ Revisited: Debating the Islamic Contribution to an Epochal Change in the History of Christianization
Tsvetelin STEPANOV, Venerating St. Michael the Archangel in the Holy Roman Empire and in Bulgaria, Tenth–Eleventh Centuries: Similarities, Differences, Transformations
Jesse W. TORGERSON, Could Isidore’s Chronicle Have Delighted Cicero? Using the Concept of Genre to Compare Ancient and Medieval Chronicles
Thomas ERTL - Markus MAYER, Acculturation and Elimination: Europe’s Interaction with the Other (Fourteenth–Sixteenth Century)
Miriam Adan JONES, A Chosen Missionary People? Willibrord, Boniface, and the Election of the Angli
Marieke BRANDT, Heroic History, Disruptive Genealogy: al-Ḥasan al-Hamdānī and the Historical Formation of the Shākir Tribe (Wāʿilah and Dahm) in al-Jawf, Yemen
Daniel MAHONEY, The Political Agency of Kurds as an Ethnic Group in Late Medieval South Arabia
Anna FRAUSCHER - Jelle WASSENAAR - Veronika WIESER, Making Ends Meet. Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the End of Times in Medieval Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism

The journal is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).



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Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
Austrian Academy of Sciences Press
A-1011 Wien, Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2
Tel. +43-1-515 81/DW 3402-3406, Fax +43-1-515 81/DW 3400
https://verlag.oeaw.ac.at, e-mail: verlag@oeaw.ac.at