Apulia in Medieval Scandinavian Literature
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.
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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: 29 mar. 2023.