Kingship and State Formation in Sweden covers, for the first time
in English, a key period in the consolidation of the Swedish state.
The book begins with an overview of Sweden prior to the twelfth
century and a reign-by-reign history of the period 1130-1290.
Thereafter issues related to kingship and state formation are
treated thematically, with sections on royal administration and
taxation, legal and military institutions, relations between king
and Church, the development of Christian kingship ideology and
expansion into Finland. Extensive appendices are included on the
genealogy and landholdings of powerful families and on
fortifications. The book is well furnished with over forty maps and
genealogical tables. Developments in Sweden are placed firmly
within their European context, and the volume will be of interest
to all those with an interest in medieval politics in general as
well as students of early Swedish or Scandinavian history.
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