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Historiography at the court of Christian IV (1588-1648) : studies in the Latin histories of Denmark by Johannes Pontanus and Johannes Meursius

Author: Karen Skovgaard-Petersen
Publisher: Copenhagen : Museum Tusculanum Press : University of Copenhagen, 2002.
Series: Renæssance studier, 11.
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This text presents a comparative study of two histories of Denmark written during the time of Christian IV. The author seeks to demonstrate that these national histories deserve a more prominent  Read more...

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Skovgaard-Petersen, Karen.
Historiography at the court of Christian IV (1588-1648)
Copenhagen : Museum Tusculanum Press : University of Copenhagen, 2002
(OCoLC)606813905
Named Person: Johannes Isacius Pontanus; Johannes van Meurs; König IV ) Christian (Dänemark; Johannes Isaacus Pontanus; Johannes van Meurs
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Skovgaard-Petersen
ISBN: 8772897031 9788772897035
OCLC Number: 49286264
Notes: Originally preesnted as the author's thesis (doctoral--University of Bergen, 1998).
Description: 454 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: Part I The scope of the present book; editions. Part II The promotion of a new history of Denmark in the reign of Christian IV. Part III The authors: Johannes Pontanus - Pontanus's career before his appointment as Danish historiographer, preparations for the 1631 edition, Pontanus's activities as Danish historiographer in the 1630s; Johannes Meursius - Meursius in Leiden, Meursius in Sor , the publication of the first volume of his "History of Denmark", the publication of the second volume; the personal relationship between Meursius and Pontanus; a note on Stephanus Johannis Stephanius. Part IV Pontanus's and Meursius's predecessors - Danish historiography after the Lutheran Reformation: Johannes Magnus's "Historia de omnibus Gothorum Sveonum que Regibus"; Hans Svanning; Anders S rensen Vedel; Niels Krag; Arild Huitfeldt; Jon Jacobson Venusin; Claus Christoffersen Lyschander; poetical history; Swedish historiography after Johannes Magnus. Part V Opening the books: the title pages; size; the dedicatory prefaces; dates. Part VI Pontanus's "Rerum Danicarum historia": the "Chorographica Regni Dani Descriptio" - survey of contents, the Antiquarian, etymology and the classics, written sources, the influence of Tacitus's "Germania"; Gothicism dismissed; the chronological narrative of Pontanus's "Rerum Danicarum Historia" - the introduction; books I-III (the early history, up to c. AD 750) - an alternative to Saxo, the abbreviation of Saxo's earliest history; Book IV - sources, the reign of Ericus Barn, the origin of the Normans; Book V - sources, the reign of Canutus Magnus; Books VI-X and the Oldenburg history (up to 1588), sources; Danish influence abroad; selected themes - the royal family, the monarchy, Norway, Sweden, foreign affairs cultural affairs. Part VII Meursius's "Historia Danica": Meursius's sources; survey of subject-matter; reflections on power and morals - the influence of Justus Lipsius, the realistic trend, the moralistic trend; the Christian foundation; the Christian element in Meursius's sources; the Protestant outlook - Meursius's censure of the worldly bishops, other Protestant themes, Protestantism and monarchy; the hereditary monarchy; the Danish empire - the continued rule over neighbouring countries in the legendary past, Svaning and the Danish empire in the legendary past; Sweden and the Union of Kalmar; Christianus II, the tyrant King; Denmark and Germany in the 12th century; the anonymous nobleman's commentary on Meursius's "Historia Danica". Part VIII Style: comtemporary and later evaluations, words and syntax; Meursius - Meursius's adaption of Pontanus, Meursius's adaption of Svaning, Meursius's adaption of Saxo and Krantz, Meursius's adaption of Niels Krag, general features of Meursius's prose; Pontanus - indications of sources and quatations, the function of quotations, close paraphrases and quotations, remarks on Pontanus's use of Saxo and Huitfeldt. (Part contents).
Series Title: Renæssance studier, 11.
Responsibility: Karen Skovgaard-Petersen.

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