Queen Margrete I, 1353-1412: And the Founding of the Nordic Union

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BRILL, Jan 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 204 pages
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This book presents the fascinating story of Queen Margrete I and her rise to power in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Her political ambitions culminated in the founding of the Nordic Union in 1397, which had vital impact on the history of Scandinavia for the next centuries. The book analyses the most central sources and gives a vivid picture of medieval society in Denmark during the late Middle Ages. At the same time the book describes the character of this dynamic woman, who is considered as one of the most important rulers in the Middle Ages. Only a very small part of the literature concerning Scandinavian medieval history has been published in English, and this book gives for the first time foreign readers the opportunity to read about the background to the founding of the Nordic Union. The text is well illustrated.
  

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Contents

Denmark during the reign of Valdemar IV Atterdag
1
The struggle for the crown of Denmark
12
Society class and government
17
Pirates and commercial war against the Hanseatic League
26
The great herring market in Scania
39
The counts of Holstein and southern Jutland
45
The fight for the crown of Sweden
50
Catastrophe and reconstruction
54
Queen Margretes religious gifts and donations
120
Chancellor and bishopthe career of Peder Jensen Lodehat
128
The struggle for Gotland and the mystery of the false King Oluf
134
A royal wedding
139
The queens letter of 1405
146
The SlesvigHolstein problem
151
The death of Queen Margrete
156
A royal game of chess
161

Victory in the hands of a woman
60
The consolidation of power
65
Queen Margrete as legislator
80
The Nordic Union 1397
96
The struggle for Gotland and the final surrender of Stockholm
104
State and Church
109
Art education and literature
169
Everyday life in the country and the towns
181
Assessments of Queen Margrete through the centuries
190
Sources and Bibliography
197
Index
201
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About the author (2004)

Vivian Etting, Cand.mag. (1984) in History, University of Copenhagen, is Curator of the Medieval and Renaissance collections at the National Museum of Denmark. She has publised several works about Nordic history in the Middle Ages.

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