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Building Glory : Elite Palaces in Early and High Medieval Scandinavia

Hansson, Martin LU (2020) III.
Abstract
Buildings such as castles and palaces were of utmost importance for the display of social rank and the production of legitimacy for the Scandinavian elites. The palace could be a specific building inside a castle, integrated into a fortified structure, or unfortified. This chapter discusses how the Scandinavian elite during the Early and High Middle Ages used buildings and locations in the landscape to enhance and confirm social identity and power. The unfortified royal palaces in Dalby, Alsnö and Vadstena in present-day Sweden are in focus. Within the exclusive and excluding space of these structures, kings, queens, nobles and aristocratic retainers would find their elevated status, lifestyle and rule articulated and justified. The... (More)
Buildings such as castles and palaces were of utmost importance for the display of social rank and the production of legitimacy for the Scandinavian elites. The palace could be a specific building inside a castle, integrated into a fortified structure, or unfortified. This chapter discusses how the Scandinavian elite during the Early and High Middle Ages used buildings and locations in the landscape to enhance and confirm social identity and power. The unfortified royal palaces in Dalby, Alsnö and Vadstena in present-day Sweden are in focus. Within the exclusive and excluding space of these structures, kings, queens, nobles and aristocratic retainers would find their elevated status, lifestyle and rule articulated and justified. The palaces introduced new architectural features and building materials, but also capitalized on history and past glory. Through their architectural features, building material and location in the landscape, they dominated their physical surroundings like their residents dominated society. (Less)
Abstract (Swedish)
Buildings such as castles and palaces were or of utmost importance for the display of social rank and the production of legitimacy for the Scandinavian elites. The palace could be a specific building inside a castle, integrated into a fortified structure, or unfortified. This chapter discusses how the Scandinavian elite during the Early and High Middle Ages used buildings and locations in the landscape to enhance and confirm social identity and power. The unfortified royal palaces in Dalby, Alsnö and Vadstena in present-day Sweden are in focus. Within the exclusive and excluding space of these structures kings, queens, nobles and aristocratic retainers would find their elevated status, lifestyle and rule articulated and justified. The... (More)
Buildings such as castles and palaces were or of utmost importance for the display of social rank and the production of legitimacy for the Scandinavian elites. The palace could be a specific building inside a castle, integrated into a fortified structure, or unfortified. This chapter discusses how the Scandinavian elite during the Early and High Middle Ages used buildings and locations in the landscape to enhance and confirm social identity and power. The unfortified royal palaces in Dalby, Alsnö and Vadstena in present-day Sweden are in focus. Within the exclusive and excluding space of these structures kings, queens, nobles and aristocratic retainers would find their elevated status, lifestyle and rule articulated and justified. The palaces introduced new architectural features and building materials, but also capitalized on history and past glory. Through their architectural features, building material and location in the landscape, they dominated their physical surroundings like their residents dominated society. (Less)
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Palaces, Medieval, Scandinavia, Alsnö, Vadstena, Dalby, Space, Architecture
host publication
Nordic Elites in Transformation, c. 1050–1250, Volume III : Legitimacy and Glory - Legitimacy and Glory
editor
Jezierski, Wojtek ; Esmark, Kim ; Orning, Hans Jacob and Sigurðsson, Jón Viðar
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III
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25 pages
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Routledge
ISBN
9781003097143
DOI
10.4324/9781003097143
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English
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yes
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2a4f9d2e-55f4-4d43-8f54-8682d35f5778
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2020-10-19 17:48:18
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  author       = {Hansson, Martin},
  booktitle    = {Nordic Elites in Transformation, c. 1050–1250, Volume III : Legitimacy and Glory},
  editor       = {Jezierski, Wojtek and Esmark, Kim and Orning, Hans Jacob and Sigurðsson, Jón Viðar},
  isbn         = {9781003097143},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {10},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  title        = {Building Glory : Elite Palaces in Early and High Medieval Scandinavia},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781003097143},
  doi          = {10.4324/9781003097143},
  volume       = {III},
  year         = {2020},
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