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‘The Backgrounds and Early Careers of: Swedish Bishops in the Late Middle Ages’

Culture and languages

"In this talk, I will discuss my research project on the early careers of Swedish bishops during the period of the Kalmar Union." Michael Frost, PhD, Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion, Gothenburg University

Seminar
Date
17 May 2022
Time
15:00 - 17:00
Location
Humanisten, J411, Renströmsgatan 6, Göteborg

Participants
Michael Frost, Institutionen för litteratur, idé- och lärdomshistoria och religion, Göteborgs universitet.
Organizer
Medeltidskommittén

Presentation:

In this talk, I will discuss my research project on the early careers of
Swedish bishops during the period of the Kalmar Union. I will outline how the relationship between Church and state evolved in Sweden over the course of this period, and how these developments are reflected in the backgrounds of the bishops during this time, with respect to their family connections, education, links to monastic orders and other characteristics, as well as their careers paths prior to reaching episcopal rank.
I will also examine the geographical variation between the bishops in the seven different dioceses of the Swedish ecclesiastical province, and explore some possible explanations for these patterns.

About Michael Frost

Michael Frost studied Anglo-Saxon Norse & Celtic at the University of Cambridge and then completed his PhD at the University of Aberdeen as part of the broader research project ‘A Prosopographical Study of Bishops’ Careers in Northern Europe’.

He is currently working on the project ’The Backgrounds and Early Careers of Swedish Bishops in the Late Middle Ages’, funded by the Gustav Adolfs Akademi via the Bernadotte Programme.