History, Politics, and Canon Law: The Resignation of Archbishop Eskil of Lund

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Abstract

Archbishop Eskil was leader of the Danish church for almost half a century, and although he is one of the individuals from twelfth-century Denmark we know the most about and who left the most traces, not least in the extant charter material, he remains one of the least studied. There is no scholarly biography of Eskil, who has been lingering in the historiographical shade of his successor, Absalon. The truism that history is written by the victors is appropriate here. The politics of memory and forgetting is their prerogative and in the case of twelfth-century Denmark, the winning party made sure that their version of events would be the one remembered in the future, woven into the first complete history of the Danish realm from its legendary beginnings to the contemporary present (1187), the Gesta Danorum of Saxo Grammaticus.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelThe Use of Canon Law in Ecclesiastical Administration, 1000-1234
RedaktørerMelodie H. Eichbauer, Danica Summerlin
Antal sider18
Vol/bind26
Udgivelses stedLeiden
ForlagBrill
Publikationsdato2019
Sider51-68
Kapitel2
ISBN (Trykt)9789004364332
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-90-04-38724-9
StatusUdgivet - 2019
NavnMedieval Law and Its Practice
Nummer26
ISSN1873-8176

Emneord

  • Middelalderhistorie
  • Retshistorie
  • Kanonisk ret

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