Guilds, Towns, and Cultural Transmission in the North, 1300-1500

Guilds, Towns, and Cultural Transmission in the North, 1300-1500


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Guilds, Towns, and Cultural Transmission in the North, 1300-1500 by Lars Bisgaard

The economic and political roles of towns in the Nordic late Middle Ages - with Lubeck as the major hub in an extensive network - have long been recognized and studied, be it in histories of nations, the Hanse, or individual towns. In such accounts, however, the regional web of urban culture has not always been given its due. And, as most manifestations of urban culture were anchored in the social and business corporations generally designated as guilds, these provided the natural point of departure for an attempt to appreciate this dynamic segment of northern Europe's cultural history. In this collection, leading specialists in Nordic urban history examine towns from the whole region, as distant and different from one another, such as Tallinn, Bergen, Lubeck, Oslo, and Stockholm, among others. The contributions discuss central and significant topics, including means of communication, social identities, pageantry and feasting, and the religious role of guilds. The book's Introduction locates these studies, individually and collectively, in relation to recent developments in the exploration of a late-medieval field whose potential is increasingly appreciated.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788776745578
Publisher: University Press of Southern Denmark
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Pages: 301
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Late Medieval Urban Civilization and its North European Variant Lars Boje Mortensm Lars Bisgaard 7

Late Medieval Migration across the Baltic: The Movement of People between Northern Germany and Denmark Bjørn Paulsen 31

How Middle Low German Entered the Mainland Scandinavian Languages Kurt Braunmüller 57

Water or Beer? Anti-German Sentiments in Scandinavia in the Late Middle Ages. The Case of Norway Erik Opsahl 73

A Finnish Minority Identity within the Merchant Community of Late Medieval Stockholm? Marko Lamberg 91

German Influence in Swedish Medieval Towns: Reflections upon the Time-bound Historiography of the Twentieth Century Sofia Gustafsson 109

Medieval Performance Culture and the English Guilds: Custom, Pageantry, Drama Tom Pettitt 131

Fastnachtspiele in Northern Europe in the Later Middle Ages Leif Søndergaard 163

Piety and Power on Display: The Corpus Christi Guilds of Late Medieval Bergen and Oslo Hâkon Haugland 181

The Corpus Christi Guild in Lübeck Carsten Jahnke 203

Membership and Social Career in Tallinn Merchants' Guilds Anu Mänd 229

The Religious Practices of Minor Corporations in Late Medieval Tallinn: Institutional and Legal Frameworks Tiina Kala 251

About the authors 277

Index 281

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