The Chronicle of Duke Erik: A Verse Epic from Medieval Sweden

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Nordic Academic Press, Dec 1, 2011 - Poetry - 264 pages
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Written in the 14th century and enjoying a Swedish national status similar to the English Beowulf, this fascinating tale with many levels of meaning reflects the ideals of politics and aesthetics typical of the age of chivalry. The rhyming verses are accompanied by prose renditions and commentary, making the work enjoyable reading for anyone with an interest in medieval texts. A valuable source for the scholarly disciplines of comparative literature and poetics, this genuine piece of Scandinavian history contains intriguing dichotomies between center and periphery, male and female, and Christian and heathen.

 

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Contents

Duke Erik and his tragic fate Introduction
27
Crusade against the Tavasts
35
The Folkung rebellion
42
Earl Birgers laws
51
The murder of King Erik Ploughpenny
57
31
89
King Birgers wedding
95
Mats Kettilmundsson challenges
103
38
113
The dukes visit King Erik of Denmark
128
King Birger in captivity
147
57
155
The dukes battle with the Norwegians
160
Commentary 235
205
The Bjälbo dynasty and biographical details
258
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About the author (2011)

Erik Carlquist is a translator, a former employee of the Swedish Royal Library, and a contributor to the Swedish National Encyclopedia

Peter C. Hogg is a translator, a contributor to special projects at the British Library, and the former head of the Scandinavian Section there. 

Eva Österberg is a professor emerita in history at Lund University in Sweden and the former vice president of the International Committee of Historic Sciences. She is the author of Friendship and Love, Ethics and Politics: Studies in Medieval and Early Modern History.

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