Gesta Danorum og Chronica Slavorum

Terkel Røjel, Mads Sørensen & Martin Carlsson

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project deals with the regional power struggles in the Baltic Sea-area in the mid-twelfth century as outlined by the chroniclers Saxo Grammaticus and Helmold of Bosau. It is however not the object of the project to outline the historical facts or state a chronological verification of events. Instead it will seek to show how the chroniclers describe the two major rulers of the area at the time King Valdemar the Great of Denmark and Duke Henry the Lion of Saxony. To show how the power structures between the two are depicted in practise, we also include the chroniclers portrayal of the conquering of the Rugians in 1168 as well as three political meetings between the two rulers. By doing this, the project shows how the affiliations of Saxo and King Valdemar and those of Helmold and Duke Henry profoundly control the manner in which the chroniclers depict the rulers as well as the development of the power structure in the area.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato11 jun. 2013
VejledereKim Esmark


  • Saxo
  • Helmold af Bosau
  • Valdemar den Store
  • Henrik Løve