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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1344: Late Medieval Scandinavian Elites, I

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Institutt for historiske studier, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim
Organiser:Randi B. Wærdahl, Norwegian Research Council / Institutt for historie og klassiske fag, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim
Moderator/Chair:Dag Retsö, Institutionen för ekonomisk historia och internationella relationer Stockholms Universitet
Paper 1344-aA Network Society: Locality and Spatiality in 15th-Century Sweden
(Language: English)
Olov Lund, Department of Economic History & International Relations, Stockholms Universitet
Index terms: Local History, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1344-bInter-Nordic Aristocratic Networks in the Late Middle Ages: Myth or Reality?
(Language: English)
Erik Opsahl, Institutt for historiske studier, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1344-cNews, Rumours, Gossip: Elite Women's Horizontal and Vertical Networks in Late Medieval Norway
(Language: English)
Randi B. Wærdahl, Norwegian Research Council / Institutt for historie og klassiske fag, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim
Index terms: Social History, Women's Studies
Abstract

Our aim is to organize two sessions with the common theme 'Elites and networks in late medieval Scandinavia'. We want to discuss established views of the period as a period of decline for the economic and political elites of the Scandinavian regions, by analyzing strategies of coping with the changing prerequisites following the demographic crisis of the period. This implies both reconsidering the actual decline of the 'traditional' elites (political, economic and ecclesiastical aristocracies), and to expand the concept of 'elites' to include local urban, agrarian or other elites.

This session will focus on aristocratic networks. Networks from the nobility and via the gentry and client aristocracy down into the social strata filled the political and administrative systems of the late Middle Ages. These networks did form fundamental political, social, and economic structures in Scandinavian late medieval societies.