Stone Tablets, Memorial Texts and Agency in Late-Medieval Scandinavian Castles: The Examples of Glimmingehus and Olofsborg

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This paper explores how noblemen expressed themselves in late-medieval Scandinavian castles, in the buildings and in the landscape. The focus is on decorated stone tablets with coats of arms and memorial texts found on the castle walls, but the landscape setting of the castles is also discussed. The examples considered here are Glimmingehus in Scania, in present-day southern Sweden, and Olofsborg in eastern Finland — both erected in the late 15th century. The locations of stone tablets in the castles are investigated, as well as who was able to see them and share their messages. It is argued that while the coats of arms and memorial texts were situated to convey ideas to an aristocracy, the landscape context of the castle mediated messages of social status to a wider public.

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  • Archaeology

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  • Medieval Castles, Inscriptions, Scandinavia, Glimmingehus, Olofsborg
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-331
Number of pages20
JournalMedieval Archaeology
Volume60
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 30
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes