A History of the Swedish People, Volume I: From Prehistory to the Renaissance

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Beginning in prehistoric times and culminating with the Dacke rebellion of 1542, renowned novelist Vilhelm Moberg's two-volume popular history of the Swedish people approaches its subject from the viewpoint of the common people, documenting peasants' lives as well as those of the royal families. In this first volume Moberg examines Viking raids, the coming of Christianity, and the Folkungs royal dynasty, whose tyrannical reign lasted from 1250 to the 1360s. He vividly describes the arrival of the Black Death from...

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Overview

Beginning in prehistoric times and culminating with the Dacke rebellion of 1542, renowned novelist Vilhelm Moberg's two-volume popular history of the Swedish people approaches its subject from the viewpoint of the common people, documenting peasants' lives as well as those of the royal families. In this first volume Moberg examines Viking raids, the coming of Christianity, and the Folkungs royal dynasty, whose tyrannical reign lasted from 1250 to the 1360s. He vividly describes the arrival of the Black Death from a ship that docked carrying only dead passengers, and he recounts the reign of Queen Margareta who founded the Kalmar Union, comprising all of Scandinavia. In every chapter, Moberg faithfully imparts how history affected "the whole people" of Sweden.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816646562
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 551,260
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Vilhelm Moberg (1898-1972) was one of Sweden's greatest writers of the twentieth century and is well known for his remarkable The Emigrants (1949), a four-volume epic tale of Swedish immigration to America. Paul Britten Austin is a translator and historian. Gunnar Myrdal (1898-1987) was an acclaimed Swedish economist and politician. He won the Nobel Prize for economics in 1974.

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Table of Contents

Contents Foreword by Gunnar Myrdal The Author on his History The Swede as Bondsman The Swedish Peasant Celebrates his 5,000th Anniversary 30100 Kings Peasant Seafarers of the 9th Century The 300 Years' War A Family of Royal Criminals "You Have Blood in Your Crown, King Magnus!" The Ship of Death On Mediaeval People What the Provincial Laws relate Scandinavia's Greatest Monarch

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