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Fast and Feast – Christianization through the regulation of everyday life

Alexandra Sanmark

An important part of rulers’ wish to create a Christian society was the introduction of Christian legislation. Through a comparative study of laws in different geographical areas it is clear that rulers and clerics from the early stages of conversion tried toenforce at least five Christian practices. These were the observance of fast and feastdays, baptism, churchyard burial and Christian marriage regulations.

My article in the previous issue of Viking Heritage Magazine, which focused on the Christianization of Scandinavia, Anglo-Saxon England, Frisia and Saxony showed that rulers,together with clerics, formed the driving forces behind the official conversion of these areas.This article will illustrate that an important part of rulers’ wish to create a Christian society was the introduction of Christian legislation. Through a comparative study of laws in thedifferent geographical areas it is clear that rulers and clerics from the early stages ofconversion tried to enforce at least five Christian practices. These were the observance of fastand feast days, baptism, churchyard burial and Christian marriage regulations.

Click here to read this paper on Academia.edu