Jordan Scott – Blog post reflection 

Jordan Scott – Blog post reflection 


What have been the major obstacles you have faced in putting a research project together? 

Before my initial research into primary sources, I was aware of the difficulties that may occur due to the scarcity of the sources. During the research period, I was not shocked at the difficulties of acquiring information from medieval chronicles and sagas. Reading into the historiography was a difficult task as there are multiples theories, contradictions, and criticisms throughout the literature. Though this was necessary to eradicate false claims and bias from past scholars.  


What strategies have you adopted to overcome these obstacles? 

Firstly, addressing the vertical and horizontal methods of conversion and finding the literature to support my answer was a concerning obstacle of mine. From researching the independent factors of conversion, I established the factors I wanted to analyse and discuss (e.g., political, geographical, societal economic, and religious) From doing this I find my reading skills have improved from analysing such literature. This has also improved my proofreading in the process. I find my methods of accessing such literature have also improved by finding new sites containing academic literature. 


What has this taught you about approaching your dissertation? 

The use of relevant sources cornering the context of Norway at the time is vital for me giving a correct narrative of the history in my dissertation. Consistent research into both primary and secondary sources must be achieved to eradicate unproved facts and events that may influence my argument in the wrong way. I must use appropriate methodological approaches in order to gather the information. The use of textual analysis, comparative and oral history theories are all important to achieve this. 


Which aspects of the 9X6 module have been the most useful in helping you get your project ready to start? 

Overall, I am thankful for the support and learning experiences from the lecturer and tutors who supported me in finding my question and assisting in any way they could. The module goals were very clear in every aspect of creating and planning a dissertation. I also learned new approaches to my dissertation from the set assignments and reading blog posts from other students.  

Annotated Bibliography – Jordan Scott

My dissertation will focus on the impacts of conversion in Norway around the year 1000. I aim to discuss a variety of factors that ultimately caused the country to convert to Christianity. The factors I will be focusing on vary from the context of the situation in Norway and the societal, political, religious, and significant implications that caused the conversion to succeed.

Primary Sources:

Winroth, 2014, The Age of Vikings

This primary source provides extensive information on Norse religion as well as several examples of factors that contribute to the argument of how the conversion came to happen.

Anglo Saxon Chronicle

This source provides specific detail about Norse history around the time of the Norweigan conversion. Draws in several factors concerning political-religious pressure.

From Viking Stronghold to Christian Kingdom
State Formation in Norway, C. 900-1350
By Sverre Bagge · 2010
The Viking Age: A reader
Demonstrates the development of the Viking Age from the first foreign raids to the fall of empires. Also provides intensively researched information on high chieftains in Norway as well as the religious status at the time.
Morkinskinna, The Earliest Icelandic Chronicle of the Norweigan Kings (1030-1157)
This saga covers the in-depth information surrounding the high-status chieftains and kings in Norway during their reign and how their actions help influence the nation into conversion.
Secondary Sources:
Modeling religious experience in Old Norse conversion narratives: the case of Óláfr Tryggvason and Hallfreðr vandræðaskald
Abram Christopher
Both sources provide more in-depth information regarding the societal, political, and geographical factors that were happening in the country at the time.