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  Tuesday, November 15, 2005 17.30 p.m.

The Legend of Saint Henry and the Chistianization of Finland

Faculty Tower, Room #409


Kirsi Salonen

University of Tampere

This year Finland is celebrating the 850th anniversary of its Christianization. According to the legend of Saint Henry, this missionary bishop converted Finland to the Catholic faith in 1155. But is this only a legend? Did Saint Henry really exist? When was Finland actually Christianized?

Prof. Kirsi Salonen is a docent and research fellow at the Department of History, University of Tampere, Finland. Her main research interests are: Medieval Church history and Canon Law in Middle Ages. Special expertise: the Apostolic Penitentiary in Late Middle Ages.

The Penitentiary as a Well of Grace in the Late Middle Ages. The Example of the Province of Uppsala 1448-1527. (Suomalaisen Tiedeakatemian Toimituksia – Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae, Humaniora 313). Saarijärvi 2001.

Long Path to Forgiveness. The relationship between Finland and the Holy See in the Late Middle Ages, specially in the light of the casis in the Penitentiary Registers. Quellen und Forschungen aus italienischen Archiven und Bibliotheken 79 (1999), p. 283-318.

Violence in Finland in the Middle Ages and the sixteenth century in the light of source material from the Vatican Archives. In: Manslaughter, fornication and sectarianism. Norm-breaking in Finland and the Baltic area from mediaeval to modern times. Anu Koskivirta & Sari Forsström (eds.). (Suomalaisen Tiedeakatemian Toimituksia – Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae, Humaniora 319). Saarijärvi 2002, p. 100-120.

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