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Sökandet efter en tidsanda : i spåren efter Absalon

Josefson, Kristina LU (2005) In Lund Studies in Medieval Archaeology 38.
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I denna avhandling har jag velat pröva möjligheten att teckna en bild av en enskild medeltida person och spåra hans egen tanke- och handlingsvärld genom de källor, som han lämnat efter sig. Källorna är både skriftliga och



materiella (klosterkyrkan i Sorø, borgen Havn, historieskrivningen Gesta Danorum, runstenen och kyrkan i Norra Åsum och Absalons testamente).



Under arbetets gång har ett mönster vuxit fram. I Absalons samtid fanns det i huvudsak två starka maktsfärer, den ena var en regional aristokratisk och den andra en internationell kyrklig. Dessa två omfattade olika tanketraditioner



med delvis skilda ambitioner och mål. Genom att... (More)
Popular Abstract in Swedish

I denna avhandling har jag velat pröva möjligheten att teckna en bild av en enskild medeltida person och spåra hans egen tanke- och handlingsvärld genom de källor, som han lämnat efter sig. Källorna är både skriftliga och



materiella (klosterkyrkan i Sorø, borgen Havn, historieskrivningen Gesta Danorum, runstenen och kyrkan i Norra Åsum och Absalons testamente).



Under arbetets gång har ett mönster vuxit fram. I Absalons samtid fanns det i huvudsak två starka maktsfärer, den ena var en regional aristokratisk och den andra en internationell kyrklig. Dessa två omfattade olika tanketraditioner



med delvis skilda ambitioner och mål. Genom att verka inom dessa olika maktsfärer och genom att integrera deras tanketraditioner skapade Absalon ett eget handlingsutrymme. Cistercienserorden utgjorde, för Absalon, en



förmedlingslänk mellan de två stora tanketraditionerna eftersom orden kunde förena ideal hämtade från såväl den aristokratiska traditionen som den kyrkliga. I mitt arbete låter jag således Absalon syntetisera en tidsanda, samtidigt



som jag också försöker att i materialet analysera fram konturerna av personen Absalon sådan han framträder i de olika källorna och i mötet mellan dem. Här finns ett fokus för avhandlingen - en brännpunkt - och det är de



ställningstaganden som kan uttolkas som Absalons egna ur de materiella lämningarna och de skriftliga källorna. (Less)
Abstract
In this dissertation I have sought to test the possibility of recreating a detailed picture of an individual medieval person, tracing the Danish archbishop Absalon's own world of thought and action through those surviving sources that he has left behind. The sources are both written and material, and they include the cloister church in Sorø, the Havn Castle, the Medieval history Gesta Danorum, the rune stone and church in Norra Åsum and Absalon's testament.



During the course of this work, a pattern has emerged. In Absalon's contemporary Denmark, there were mainly two strong loci of power. One was the regional aristocratic power. The other was the international power of the Church. These two forces and interests... (More)
In this dissertation I have sought to test the possibility of recreating a detailed picture of an individual medieval person, tracing the Danish archbishop Absalon's own world of thought and action through those surviving sources that he has left behind. The sources are both written and material, and they include the cloister church in Sorø, the Havn Castle, the Medieval history Gesta Danorum, the rune stone and church in Norra Åsum and Absalon's testament.



During the course of this work, a pattern has emerged. In Absalon's contemporary Denmark, there were mainly two strong loci of power. One was the regional aristocratic power. The other was the international power of the Church. These two forces and interests encompassed different traditional ideologies, and they were defined by somewhat distinctive ambitions and goals. By working within these different power loci - and by integrating their traditional ideologies - Absalon created his own field of practical action. The Cistercian Order became, for Absalon, a mediating link between those two major political forces. The Order could unite ideals taken from both the local aristocratic and also the Catholic Church tradition. In my work, I utilise Absalon in synthesising a Zeitgeist. At the same time, I try to use my analysis to bring forth the contours of Absalon's personality and identity; I examine Absalon as his person appears, not only in the different sources, but also in the meetings between them. Here, I define a focus for this dissertation. From the material traces and written sources, I seek those (political) acts of positioning that can be interpreted as characteristically Absalon's own. (Less)
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  • Overinspektør, Cand. Mag Andersen, Michael, Nationalmuseet, Köpenhamn
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In Search of a Zeitgeist : In the Traces after Absalon
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Medeltidens historia, Medieval history, Sources, Tradition, Biography, Absalon, Individual, Archaeology, Arkeologi
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Lund Studies in Medieval Archaeology
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38
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227 pages
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Kulturens auditorium Tegnérplatsen, Lund
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2005-06-10 10:15
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0283-6874
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91-22-02123-X
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Swedish
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