Queenship and Voice in Medieval Northern Europe (Queenship by W. Layher

By W. Layher

Queenship and Voice in Medieval Northern Europe deals a distinct standpoint on features of lady rulership within the Scandinavian heart a long time. operating with historic in addition to literary facts from the 13th to 15th centuries, this booklet exhibits how 3 queens -- Agnes of Denmark, Eufemia of Norway, and Margareta, the union queen of the Scandinavian kingdoms -- marshaled the ability of the royal voice that allows you to impression political switch. In conceptualizing the political panorama of late-medieval Scandinavia as an acoustic panorama, Layher charts a brand new course of ancient and cultural research into the succeed in and resonance of royal strength within the heart a while.

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This model never entered the mainstream of medieval thought, and the predominant theory upheld the essential non-corporality of vox. At the same time, however, if we acknowledge the persistence of the soul as the agent of the voice and the workings of the intellect as its inspiration, there is certainly ample justification for regarding the voice as a medium of presence. Regardless of how it is defined—as spiritus or anima or as ymaginatione—if that which resonates in the voice reaches the ear and moves the listener, then it follows that vox, alone among all possible iterations of sonus, conveys something of the sounding object—the speaker—to the auditor.

At Eufemia’s direction, the romances were voiced in the foreign idiom of Old Swedish in order to further her husband’s political goal of marrying Ingeborg, their only child, to a Swedish nobleman. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-19 22 Three Nordic Queens 23 Queen Margareta of Denmark Margareta, at the height of her powers the union queen of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, died suddenly of the plague on October 28, 1412, while on board a ship in Flensburg harbor.

In the course of this battle many knights and armed men fell, such as lord [Henrik] Parow, leader of the Norwegians, and Fikko, the bailiff of Kalmar, and other valiant men from both sides. Albrecht, the king of Sweden, was captured together with his son Eric, and Gerhard the count of Holstein and the count of Ruppin, with twenty knights and others no less noble than they. And all of them were sent as captives by the noble Queen Margareta into Denmark, the king in shackles and his noblemen in iron fetters.

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