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Castle and Commerce in Medieval Sweden - the Examples of Stockholm, Borgholm and Piksborg.

Hansson, Martin LU (2016) Château Gaillard In Chateua Gaillard 27. 27. p.185-194
Abstract (Swedish)
The purpose of this paper is to highlight the connection between castles, commerce and urbanity in Scandinavia. This is made by comparing three Swedish royal castles. The castle in Stockholm has its roots in the twelfth or thirteenth century and was founded in connection with the contemporary town. Here are indications that the merchants in an early phase lived in the bailey of the castle. The castle at Borgholm on Öland probably has its root in the twelfth century. Here recent archaeological excavations have shown traces of a semi-urban settlement just outside the castle walls, which however never developed into a proper town. The last example, Piksborg lay in the inland of south Sweden and was destroyed in a revolt in 1434. Here the... (More)
The purpose of this paper is to highlight the connection between castles, commerce and urbanity in Scandinavia. This is made by comparing three Swedish royal castles. The castle in Stockholm has its roots in the twelfth or thirteenth century and was founded in connection with the contemporary town. Here are indications that the merchants in an early phase lived in the bailey of the castle. The castle at Borgholm on Öland probably has its root in the twelfth century. Here recent archaeological excavations have shown traces of a semi-urban settlement just outside the castle walls, which however never developed into a proper town. The last example, Piksborg lay in the inland of south Sweden and was destroyed in a revolt in 1434. Here the archaeological material show clear traces of how the castle seem to have fulfilled the commercial needs in the region, which completely lacked urban towns. The three examples are used in order to analyse and highlight different aspects of the connection between castle and commerce in Scandinavia. (Less)
Abstract
It is generally accepted that there were well-established relationships between castles and commerce in medieval Sweden. However, to date, the complexities of those relationships have arguably not been fully explored. Through focusing on archaeological evidence from three very different examples, Stockholm, Borgholm and Piksborg, this paper seeks to illustrate the variety of often intimate and complex relationships that existed between castles, both urban and rural, and commercial activity in medieval Sweden. It describes instances of shops within castles, the influence of castles on pre-existing trading centres and castles that took on commercial roles, reinforcing the importance of commerce for castle builders and their castle lords.
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Castle and Commerce in Medieval Sweden - the Examples of Stockholm, Borgholm and Piksborg.
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Castle, middle ages, commerce, Sweden , Stockholm, Borgholm, Piksborg
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Chateua Gaillard 27.
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Ettel, Peter; Flambard Hericher, Anne-Marie ; O'Conor, Kieran; ; and
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27
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9 pages
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Presses universitaires de Caen, les Publications du CRAHM.
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Château Gaillard
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978-2-84133-828-3
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English
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  language     = {eng},
  month        = {08},
  pages        = {185--194},
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  title        = {Castle and Commerce in Medieval Sweden - the Examples of Stockholm, Borgholm and Piksborg.},
  volume       = {27},
  year         = {2016},
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