War and Peace: Scotland and Norway as Friends and Foes, 1589-1713 - Professor Steve Murdoch

Professor Steve Murdoch 'War and Peace: Scotland and Norway as Friends and Foes, 1589-1713'

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Prof Steve Murdoch

As part of the Institute for Northern Studies Autumn - Winter Seminar Series Professor Steve Murdoch, visiting Professor at the Institute for Northern Studies, presents 'War and Peace: Scotland and Norway as Friends and Foes, 1589-1713'

Famously in 1612 some 300 men from Caithness and Orkney were killed while crossing Norway on their way to Sweden. The incident has spawned a lot of literature and one of Norway's most epic poems, Sinklars Vise. In a classic case of "sing when you're winning", there is no similar poem to celebrate the fact that 2,500 other Scots crossed Norway near Trondheim within days.  This talk looks to several notable episodes of conflict between the Scots and Norwegians in the long seventeenth century. It questions which, if any, had lasting impact on Scotto-Norwegian relations and why some are remembered and others neglected in most historical scholarship.

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