Kingship and State Formation in Sweden: 1130 - 1290

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BRILL, 2007 - History - 697 pages
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"Kingship and State Formation in Sweden" covers, for the first time in English, a key period in the consolidation of the Swedish state. The book begins with an overview of Sweden prior to the twelfth century and a reign-by-reign history of the period 1130-1290. Thereafter issues related to kingship and state formation are treated thematically, with sections on royal administration and taxation, legal and military institutions, relations between king and Church, the development of Christian kingship ideology and expansion into Finland. Extensive appendices are included on the genealogy and landholdings of powerful families and on fortifications. The book is well furnished with over forty maps and genealogical tables. Developments in Sweden are placed firmly within their European context, and the volume will be of interest to all those with an interest in medieval politics in general as well as to students of early Swedish or Scandinavian history. Unfortunately we have to include this errata.
  

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Contents

Chapter One State formation and medieval Government
1
Chapter Two Sweden before 1130
34
Sweden from 1130 to 1290
69
Chapter Four The state and the law
151
Chapter Five Kings and kings men
175
Chapter Six Territorial division
206
Chapter Seven Taxation and the military ledung
225
Chapter Eight The kings land
268
Conclusion
468
Families and their Landholdings
481
Swedish fortifications and palaces
522
List of Kings and Rulers of Sweden
554
Glossary
555
Genealogical tables
563
Prosopography of people listed in the genealogical tables
583
Kings of Norway 11031319
605

Chapter Nine Royal Administration in the early Folkung period
297
Chapter Ten Fortifications and urbanisation
306
Chapter Eleven The Church and the Ideology of Kingship
338
Chapter Twelve Eastward Expansion
410

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About the author (2007)

Philip Line completed his Ph.D. on Medieval Swedish Kingship at the University of Leeds in 2003, having previously studied Scandinavian languages in London. He also has a BA in Ancient History (1977). His main interests are in medieval rulership and warfare, in which he is continuing his researches while working as a freelance translator. He now lives in Finland.

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