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18:00 - 19:00 6 February 2018

Political rule-breakers and cultural brokers: Norway as a bureaucratic bully-state in Europe


IAS Seminar Room 19 | UCL Bloomsbury Theatre (link Map)
15 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0AH | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Bjørn Bandlien, Professor, Høgskolen i Sorøst-Norge

During the 1280s, often termed 'the age of the barons', Norway was ruled by a council consisting of barons (probably including the queen). This period has often been seen as a bit chaotic and an interlude until royal authority was restored. Still, the Norwegian elite during this period might also be seen as very skilled in appropriating political, judicial and cultural ideas, found elsewhere in Europe. Several were highly educated at European universities, and were experts especially in legal knowledge. However, at the same time as they sent diplomatic missions and negotiated marriage alliances and trade treatises, they were also bullying bishops, waging war and providing a sanctuary for outlaws elsewhere in Scandinavia. The relationship between law and treatises on the one hand, and intellectual and institutional legitimization, or negotiation, of lawlessness on the other will be seen in relationship with the concepts of 'cultural brokerage'.


Richard Cole
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