IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1018: Parties, Sex, and Drunkenness: Aspects of Scandinavian Pleasure

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Bertil Nilsson, Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion, Göteborgs Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Kurt Villads Jensen, Institut for Historie, Kultur & Samfundsbeskrivelse, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Paper 1018-a'With a great number of feasts [...]': Parties and Games According to Archbishop Olaus Magnus's History of the Nordic Peoples
(Language: English)
Bertil Nilsson, Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion, Göteborgs Universitet
Index terms: Daily Life, Folk Studies
Paper 1018-b'Domine L., notorius fornicator et deflorator virginis': Motivations for the Condemnation of Sexual Pleasure of Priests in Two Swedish Early 15th-Century Charters
(Language: English)
Camille Bataille, Centre de Recherches Archéologiques et Historiques Anciennes et Médiévales (CRAHAM), Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Sexuality

By exemplifying with parties, sex, and drunkenness, we aim at presenting research concerning how people in Scandinavia practiced what was considered to be pleasure. Archbishop Olaus Magnus’s History of the Nordic Peoples offers a number of passages which tell about parties and games, illustrated by his own drawings. Some Swedish charters from the early 15th century contain condemnations of unfit behavior of parish priests, especially in the field of sexuality. Danes were seen as a particularly drunken people, which became a cultural and ethnic stereotype also among their neighbours. Together the three aspects of pleasure will give new and interesting insights into Scandinavian culture in the Middle Ages.