The Aristocratic Landscape at Bergkvara Castle, Småland, Sweden

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Castles research has for a long period of time been concentrated to single sites: the origin of the individual castle, its different phases and dating and the castle’s place and importance in the political process. At the same time, castle studies have mainly seen the castle as a military structure. Today a broader view of the castle has emerged. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the presence of a late medieval elite aristocratic landscape at the castle of Bergkvara in Småland. At this castle we find many typical aristocratic elements that in a European perspective are connected to aristocratic milieus like castles. At Bergkvara we have a fortified residence in a watery setting, with moats, fishponds, a garden and a mill as well as a nearby church connected to the lord of the castle. Medieval space was here embedded with social meanings and for the lord of the castle a valuable asset in the struggle to maintain and reproduce lordship. One way to fulfil the aristocratic ideology was to recreate aristocratic culture in space and the landscape. The landscape at Bergkvara is a tangible materialisation of aristocratic medieval culture in a Scandinavian version.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Archaeology


  • Aristocracy, Landscape, Ideology, Medieval Castles
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCastella Maris Baltici 11
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of a symposium held in Malmö, Sweden, on the 27th of May to the 2nd of June 2012
EditorsAnders Gutehall, Chatarina Ödman
Place of PublicationMalmö ; Turku
PublisherSociety for Medieval Archaeology in Finland
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789526732954, 9789185341474
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch
EventCastella Maris Baltici XI - Scania, Malmö and Osby, Sweden
Duration: 2012 May 272012 Jun 2

Publication series

NameArchaeologia Medii Aevi Finlandiae
PublisherThe Society for Medieval Archaeology in Finland
ISSN (Print)1236-5882
PublisherMalmö museer
ISSN (Print)0580-521X


ConferenceCastella Maris Baltici XI
CityMalmö and Osby

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