The Chronicle of Duke Erik (Hardcover)

A Verse Epic from Medieval Sweden

By Erik Carlquist (Translated by), Peter C. Hogg (Translated by), Eva Österberg (Introduction by)

Nordic Academic Press, 9789185509577, 264pp.

Publication Date: July 17, 2012

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Written in the 14th century and enjoying a Swedish national status similar to the English Beowulf, this fascinating tale with many levels of meaning reflects the ideals of politics and aesthetics typical of the age of chivalry. The rhyming verses are accompanied by prose renditions and commentary, making the work enjoyable reading for anyone with an interest in medieval texts. A valuable source for the scholarly disciplines of comparative literature and poetics, this genuine piece of Scandinavian history contains intriguing dichotomies between center and periphery, male and female, and Christian and heathen.

About the Author

Erik Carlquist is a translator, a former employee of the Swedish Royal Library, and a contributor to the Swedish National Encyclopedia. Peter C. Hogg is a translator, a contributor to special projects at the British Library, and the former head of the Scandinavian Section there. Eva Österberg is a professor emerita in history at Lund University in Sweden and the former vice president of the International Committee of Historic Sciences. She is the author of Friendship and Love, Ethics and Politics: Studies in Medieval and Early Modern History.