“He dearly loved foreign men” : Vassalage, friendship and other hierarchical ties in two medieval Swedish rhyme chronicles.

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Title “He dearly loved foreign men” : Vassalage, friendship and other hierarchical ties in two medieval Swedish rhyme chronicles.
Author(s) Småberg, Thomas
Date 2012
English abstract
My paper will analyze and discuss representations of service to the King or to pretenders to the throne in medieval Sweden. The source material used is two medieval rhyme chronicles, Erikskrönikan and Karlskrönikan from, respectively, the fourteenth and fifteenth century. These chronicles are two of only three major rhyme chronicles written in Sweden, and therefore can be considered very interesting source material to the mentality of the nobility and the royal families. I will focus the analysis on hierarchical ties and service to the king and pretenders to the throne from foreign nobles and the representation of this in the chronicles, specifically the ideal of service; what oaths are mentioned and what do they represent? What is service defined as in the chronicles, how are promises and betrayals portrayed? This focus on ethnicity means that the paper will discuss various identities, not only national identities, but also for instance aristocratic ones, since they might differ according to national identity. It is also interesting to discuss change and continuity in the ideal of service in Sweden in the course of the roughly 100 years between the two chronicles. Has the view on identity and service changed? The second chronicle, Karlskrönikan, was written during a period in medieval Nordic history when the three Nordic kingdoms were united in a political union, what does this mean for the representation of service?
Pages 1
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) ritual
service and vassalage
rhyme chronicles
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Note Oxford/Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium (OCICS) 2012 'Bonds, Links, and Ties in Medieval and Renaissance Chronicles' 5-7 july 2012
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14478 (link to this page)

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