Stefan Drechsler

Stefan Drechsler

Issued: Fri, 25 May 2018 14:37:00 BST

Making Manuscripts at Helgafell in the Fourteenth Century

Name: Stefan Drechsler

HEI: University of Aberdeen

My PhD examines a cultural revolution that took place in the Scandinavian artistic landscape during the medieval period. Within just one generation (c. 1340–1400), the Augustinian monastery of Helgafell rose to become the most important centre of illuminated manuscript production in western Iceland. By conducting cross-disciplinary research that combines methodologies and sources from the fields of Art History, Old Norse-Icelandic Manuscript Studies and Nordic History, this study presents a comprehensive and international approach that respects both the historical setting of the manuscript production and the illuminated products themselves. It examines not only one but several medieval cultures in relation to similar domestic artistic monuments and relevant historical evidence: Helgafell in Iceland, East Anglia in England, and Bergen in Norway. It offers a detailed account of one cultural site in relation to its scribal and artistic connections with other ecclesiastical and secular scriptoria in the broader North Atlantic region.