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  • Part VI: Hostages in the Areas of Confrontation Between the Swedes and the Geats

    Stefan Olsson

    Chapter from the book: Olsson, S. 2019. The Hostages of the Northmen: From the Viking Age to the Middle Ages.


    In Part VI all the threads in the thesis are tied together in an analysis of The Elder Westrogothic Law (Sw. Äldre västgötalagen). The focus is on two cases of hostage taking during the so-called Eriksgata, the ritual royal tour before the coronation. The study closes with an analysis of Christian II’s royal Eriksgata in the early 16th century and the possible end of hostage taking as a mean to control the landskap, the provinces, in Sweden.

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    Olsson, S. 2019. Part VI: Hostages in the Areas of Confrontation Between the Swedes and the Geats. In: Olsson, S, The Hostages of the Northmen. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16993/bba.f

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    Published on Dec. 16, 2019


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