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Greenland And The Crusades

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With the conversion of the Scandinavian settlers on Greenland, the colonies became the westernmost frontier of Christendom towards the heathens. In the fifteenth century it was claimed that Greenland had been lost to the heathens, which should be seen in a broader perspective of the northern frontier of Christendom. From the beginning of the fifteenth century, Danish kings made efforts to protect their rights to Greenland that at least from the time of Christopher of Bavaria were connected to finding a way to India and getting in touch with the realm of Prester John. This chapter shows that the frontiers were indeed closely linked. It discusses the implications of this in order to explain the Danish involvement in the North Atlantic exploration of the fifteenth and early sixteenth century.

Keywords: Crusades; Danish; Greenland; heathens; India; Scandinavian settlers

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