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Olaus Magnus the Goth on Fire, Light and Lighting Devices of the Northern People
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.
2019 (English)In: Glass, wax and metal: lighting technologies in Late Antique, Byzantine and medieval times / [ed] Ioannis Motsianos, Karen S. Garnett, Oxford: Archaeopress, 2019, p. 32-38Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Olaus Magnus, Archbishop of Uppsala, published Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus in Rome in 1555. This encyclopedic, illustrated work on the customs and history of the Nordic people became popular and it was translated into several European languages during the following decades. In this article, a special focus is given to the various instances where Olaus Magnus comments on fire, light and lighting devices in Scandinavia, such as the symbolic meaning of fire and light at wedding ceremonies, lighting the guild feasts, light in Christian processions and in the church, lighting in wintertime, light and fire in summertime, fire and lights during warfare, birds and lights, and fishing by means of fire.

Finally, the evidence provided by Olaus Magnus is compared with other sources, and what archival sources reveal about the use of light and lighting devices at Häme and Turku Castles in Finland during the same period.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Archaeopress, 2019. p. 32-38
Keywords [en]
Olaus Magnus, lighting devices, lamps, candles, wax candles, torches, fire, Nordic people, Mediaeval lighting, Mediaeval customs
Keywords [sv]
Olaus Magnus, belysning, lampor, eld, ljus, Nordens historia, kyrkohistoria, medeltid, boktryck, Finland, slott, Sverige, Tavastehus, facklor, vaxljus
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Archaeology History of Technology History
Research subject
Archaeology; History; Art History; Literature; Ethnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-177922ISBN: 9781789692167 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-177922DiVA, id: diva2:1384898
Conference
Third International Round Table of the International Lychnological Association, `Dark Ages? History and archaeology of lighting devices in Continental Europe, from late Antiquity to late Medieval Ages' in Olten, Switzerland in September 2007
Available from: 2020-01-12 Created: 2020-01-12 Last updated: 2020-01-13Bibliographically approved

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