Den symbolske borg - et studie af aristokratiske landskaber i middelalderens England og Danmark

Sune Stick

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Aristocratic landscape is mainly a term used to describe castle building and adjacent gardens in the Renaissance. This study argues that aristocratic landscapes were also a part of the medieval castle building, and that the organization and location of castles was enrolled in the symbolic ideology of the medieval world in both Norfolk in England and Denmark. By applying a historic-geographical methodology supplemented by a phenomenological view on landscape, it illustrates that aristocratic landscapes is to be found similarly in the county of Norfolk in England and in Denmark. Three cases from Norfolk and one from Denmark are studied to demonstrate the thesis of aristocratic landscape planning in the Medieval. The cases have many similarities in their location and overall setting. This has lead to my conclusion that the studied castles were not only military bastions, but also symbolic residences of a class in society striving to maintain their status in a highly symbolic and ritual society. This study has only studied four cases, and is hopefully only the beginning of a new “era” of interdisciplinary studies in castles in Denmark.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato20 jun. 2010


  • Aristocracy
  • Medieval
  • Landscape