Apulia in Medieval Scandinavian Literature

  • Lorenzo Lozzi Gallo University of Bari “Aldo Moro” (Italy)


Medieval Scandinavian sources often mention Apulia together with Byzantium, where Western and Eastern Scandinavians met. The Varangian mercenaries hired in Byzantium had a key role in spreading the cult of St Nicholas, thus creating a bond between Southern Italy and Western Europe, especially those areas that professed a “Scandinavian” heritage. The number of travellers from the North decreased in the late Middle Ages. As first-hand information became scantier, Apulia was mainly known in Scandinavia through continental courtly literature: within this genre, vague reminiscences of Frederick II’s dominion gradually evolved into fantastic depictions of Apulia.

How to Cite
LOZZI GALLO, Lorenzo. Apulia in Medieval Scandinavian Literature. Plurimondi, [S.l.], n. 9, nov. 2017. ISSN 2420-921X. Available at: <http://plurimondi.poliba.it/index.php/Plurimondi/article/view/141>. Date accessed: 22 sep. 2023.