IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 125: State Formation and Political Culture in Medieval Scandinavia

Monday 10 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, Universitetet i Bergen
Organiser:Leidulf Melve, Department for Archeology, History, Cultural Studies & Religion, Universitetet i Bergen
Moderator/Chair:Jo Rune Ugulen, Centre for Medieval Studies, Universitetet i Bergen
Paper 125-aThe Making of a New Political Culture: Kings and Aristocracy in Sweden, c. 1250-1320
(Language: English)
Thomas Lindkvist, Institutionen för historiska studier, Göteborgs Universitet
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 125-bConflict and Alliance
(Language: English)
Erik Opsahl, Faculty of Social Science, Vestfold University College, Tønsberg
Index terms: Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 125-cAdministrative Literacy in Scandinavia: A Comparative Perspective
(Language: English)
Leidulf Melve, Department for Archeology, History, Cultural Studies & Religion, Universitetet i Bergen
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The session will present new findings with regard to the study of state formation and political culture in Scandinavia. Lindkvist will discuss the role of the aristocracy in the making of political institutions and new instruments of legitimising political power. Opsahl will address the role of the aristocracy in the struggle for the Norwegian crown around 1450. In particular, attention will be paid to the extent to which the ‘people at large’ were mobilized in the struggles. Melve will look at the form and function of administrative literacy in a comparative perspective, hopefully providing a Stand der Forschung with regard to Scandinavia.