Folket og Christian 4. - En ritualanalyse af Det Store Bilager 1634

Nanna Rævskær Dahl Nielsen & Kicki Elisabeth Thomsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper examines the inhabitants conception of the Danish king Christian 4th based on his self-promotion during ”The Great Wedding” in 1634 between the chosen prince Christian and Magdalena Sibylla of Saxony. It does so by examining the rituals and events of the wedding. The research question is threefold and leads to results on which roles the king portrayed, what his intentions with these were, and what impact the roles might have had on the inhabitants view on their king. This projects main source on the wedding is the French diplomatic representative, Charles Ogier, who attended the wedding. Based on an analysis of his descriptions, the official wedding description and supplemental material on the era, we have found, that the king especially promoted himself as protector, ruler and the center of the court. These roles impacted the populations view on the king and helped making and maintaining the king as Denmark’s father and patriarch - the highest power in society, a strong and noble worrier whom protects country and people, and lastly the centre of attention, all of which made the king worshipped and treasured. The promotion of the king as the good and all-important father of society was increasing in the 1700th century and Christian 4th passed on a good, solid and central role as king to his son, Frederik 3rd in 1648. The project also indicates, that the focus on the perspective of the inhabitants might be fruitful in other contexts concerning exercitation and analysis of power.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato15 jan. 2013


  • Mentalitetshistorie
  • Det store bilager
  • Kongeroller
  • Charles Ogier
  • Christian 4.
  • Ritualanalyse