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Cross and Scepter: The Rise of the Scandinavian Kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation

Sverre Bagge

Abstract

Christianity and European-style monarchy—the cross and the scepter—were introduced to Scandinavia in the tenth century, a development that was to have profound implications for all of Europe. This book is a concise history of the Scandinavian kingdoms from the age of the Vikings to the Reformation. It shows how the rise of the three kingdoms not only changed the face of Scandinavia, but also helped make the territorial state the standard political unit in Western Europe. It describes Scandinavia's momentous conversion to Christianity and the creation of church and monarchy there, and traces ho ... More

Keywords: monarchy, Christianity, Scandinavia, Scandinavian kingdoms, Vikings, Reformation, aristocracy, state formation, cultural change, Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691169088
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691169088.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sverre Bagge, author
University of Bergen