Do the Christian elements of the monument complex at Jelling complement or subvert the earlier pagan ones?
York Medieval Yearbook, ISSUE No. 2, (2003)
Jelling is an intricate site, which hovers be tween the pagan period and the Christian. In a battle of material culture, the last pagan king of Denmark, Gormr, and the first Christian one, Haraldr Blåtand, fight for the supremacy of their ideologies. As each new phase is added to the monument complex, the overall ideology of the site mutates: sometimes subverting, and sometimes highlighting that which went before. By lookin g in detail at the individual e lements at this site, and what their authors seem to be expressing by them, I intend to discover what this reveals about the interplay of ideology in the memorial complex at Jelling and ultimately how the later Christian elements affect the way we read the earlier pagan ones.