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Stone Tablets, Memorial Texts and Agency in Late-Medieval Scandinavian Castles : The Examples of Glimmingehus and Olofsborg

Hansson, Martin LU (2016) In Medieval Archaeology 60(2). p.311-331
Abstract
This paper explores how noblemen expressed themselves in late-medieval Scandinavian castles, in the buildings and in the landscape. The focus is on decorated stone tablets with coats of arms and memorial texts found on the castle walls, but the landscape setting of the castles is also discussed. The examples considered here are Glimmingehus in Scania, in present-day southern Sweden, and Olofsborg in eastern Finland — both erected in the late 15th century. The locations of stone tablets in the castles are investigated, as well as who was able to see them and share their messages. It is argued that while the coats of arms and memorial texts were situated to convey ideas to an aristocracy, the landscape context of the castle mediated messages... (More)
This paper explores how noblemen expressed themselves in late-medieval Scandinavian castles, in the buildings and in the landscape. The focus is on decorated stone tablets with coats of arms and memorial texts found on the castle walls, but the landscape setting of the castles is also discussed. The examples considered here are Glimmingehus in Scania, in present-day southern Sweden, and Olofsborg in eastern Finland — both erected in the late 15th century. The locations of stone tablets in the castles are investigated, as well as who was able to see them and share their messages. It is argued that while the coats of arms and memorial texts were situated to convey ideas to an aristocracy, the landscape context of the castle mediated messages of social status to a wider public. (Less)
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Stentavlor, minnestexter och aktörskap i senmedeltida borgar i Skandinavien - exemplen Glimmingehus och Olofsborg
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Contribution to journal
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keywords
Medieval Castles, Inscriptions, Scandinavia, Glimmingehus, Olofsborg
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Medieval Archaeology
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60
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2
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20 pages
publisher
Maney Publishing
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  • scopus:84997327413
  • wos:000403826300005
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0076-6097
DOI
10.1080/00766097.2016.1221261
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English
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  language     = {eng},
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  publisher    = {Maney Publishing},
  series       = {Medieval Archaeology},
  title        = {Stone Tablets, Memorial Texts and Agency in Late-Medieval Scandinavian Castles : The Examples of Glimmingehus and Olofsborg},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00766097.2016.1221261},
  volume       = {60},
  year         = {2016},
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