I Affekternes Vold? - Et studie i affektforhold i det 12.århundredes Danmark

Martine Dorch Schøler, Nicoline Søeborg Steen & Vernholm Jargin Jargin

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This study examines Emotions in the twelfth century in Danish society. In the later years, there have been more research in this field and we want to contribute to this. In this study, we want to look closer at Emotions in the upper social class. Furthermore we want to come closer to uncover the underlying conventions for Emotions, which ruled in the Society. We use four different narrations from Saxos Gesta Danorum, which will be the basis for the analysis. In our Study, we work with Norbert Elias and his groundbreaking theory about the civilizing process in the Middle Ages. He argued that people in the Middle Ages were more controlled by their Emotions. Against this theory, we work with Barbara H. Rosenwein, Stephen D. White and Richard E. Barton and their look on Emotions in the Middle Ages. They are convinced, that anger in the Middle Ages was used among the elite as part of a process, where power was negotiated. Our study concludes that Norbert Elias may have had right about his conclusions, that people in the Middle Ages were more controlled by their Emotions because of the instability in the society and the constant threat of others. But in our studies we found Barton and Whites points meaningful to consider, because they think that people could have had a reason to show Emotions in public, and opposite Elias they think that Emotions aren’t always impulsive and uncontrolled.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato22 dec. 2014
VejledereKim Esmark


  • Norbert Elias
  • Saxo
  • Civilisationsprocessen
  • Affektkontrol
  • Middelalderen
  • Richard E. Barton
  • Stephen D. White