Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Throughout his reign Christian IV (1588-1648) distinguished himself as a remarkable patron of the arts and sciences. One of the projects to which he and his chancellor paid most attention was the promotion of an up-to-date account of Danish history in Latin. Considerable resources were spent on the project. As a result no less than two histories of Denmark appeared in the 1630s, the Rerum Danicarum historia by Johannes Pontanus and the Historia Danica by Johannes Meursius. They were to serve as standard works on Danish history for European politicians, diplomats and intellectuals. This book presents a comparative study of the two histories. The interplay between the authors and the Danish government is a central theme. Important political issues, such as Danish relations to Sweden and the quasi-hereditary nature of the Danish monarchy, are shown to be reflected in both works. Their relation to contemporary trends in European historiography is explored, and it is argued that they are surprisingly different, in style as well as in subject-matter.

Buy Historiography at the Court of Christian IV book by Karen Skovgaard-Peterson from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9788772897035
ISBN-10: 8772897031
Format: Hardback
(175mm x 245mm x 37mm)
Pages: 454
Imprint: Museum Tusculanum Press
Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press
Publish Date: 31-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: Denmark

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Historiography at the Court of Christian IV book by Karen Skovgaard-Peterson and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Karen Skovgaard-Peterson

Karen Skovgaard-Petersen