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Persson, Fabian
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Persson, F. (2016). Building of Power : Using a New Ceremony and a New Royal Swedish Palace in the 18th Century: [ Budując imperium: pałac królewski w Szwecji ]. In: Anna Czarniecka, Przemyslav Deles, Angela Soltys, Zamek Królewski (Ed.), Power and architecture : residences of monarchs and seats of state authorities in Europe - form and functions (15th-21st centuries) : 1st International Conference of the European Residences Project at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, 9-11 April 2014: [ Władza i architektura : rezydencje monarchów i siedziby władz państwowych w Europie - formy i funkcje (XV-XXI w.) : materiały I Międzynarodowej Konferencji Naukowej PRE w Zamku Królewskim w Warszawie, 9-11 kwietnia 2014 ] (pp. 157-170). Warszawa: Zamek Królewski w Warszawie - Muzeum
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Building of Power : Using a New Ceremony and a New Royal Swedish Palace in the 18th Century: [ Budując imperium: pałac królewski w Szwecji ]
2016 (English)In: Power and architecture : residences of monarchs and seats of state authorities in Europe - form and functions (15th-21st centuries) : 1st International Conference of the European Residences Project at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, 9-11 April 2014: [ Władza i architektura : rezydencje monarchów i siedziby władz państwowych w Europie - formy i funkcje (XV-XXI w.) : materiały I Międzynarodowej Konferencji Naukowej PRE w Zamku Królewskim w Warszawie, 9-11 kwietnia 2014 ] / [ed] Anna Czarniecka, Przemyslav Deles, Angela Soltys, Zamek Królewski, Warszawa: Zamek Królewski w Warszawie - Muzeum , 2016, p. 157-170Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Warszawa: Zamek Królewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, 2016
Keywords
Monarki, Hov, Tidigmodern, Ceremoni, Etikett, Kungamakt
National Category
History
Research subject
Humanities, History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-57340 (URN)978-83-7022-224-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-10-10 Created: 2016-10-10 Last updated: 2017-01-24Bibliographically approved
Persson, F. (2016). Carrying your power on your sleeve: Wearable symbols of  power at the early modern court. In: Presented at the AHRC Network Conference: Gender, Power and Materiality in Early Modern Europe. Paper presented at AHRC Network Conference : Gender, Power and Materiality in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Carrying your power on your sleeve: Wearable symbols of  power at the early modern court
2016 (English)In: Presented at the AHRC Network Conference: Gender, Power and Materiality in Early Modern Europe, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
History
Research subject
Humanities, History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-58312 (URN)
Conference
AHRC Network Conference : Gender, Power and Materiality in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800
Available from: 2016-11-26 Created: 2016-11-26 Last updated: 2016-11-28Bibliographically approved
Persson, F. (2016). Emerging Themes in Court Studies in Boston and in Plymouth. The Court Historian, 21(2), 178-180
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Emerging Themes in Court Studies in Boston and in Plymouth
2016 (English)In: The Court Historian, ISSN 1462-9712, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 178-180Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
History
Research subject
Humanities, History; Humanities, History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-57816 (URN)10.1080/14629712.2016.1245387 (DOI)
Available from: 2016-11-04 Created: 2016-11-04 Last updated: 2016-11-17Bibliographically approved
Persson, F. (2016). From Vanguard to Rearguard: The Swedish Court as a Motor of Change in the Seventeenth Century. The Court Historian, 21(2), 109-124
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From Vanguard to Rearguard: The Swedish Court as a Motor of Change in the Seventeenth Century
2016 (English)In: The Court Historian, ISSN 1462-9712, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 109-124Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Royal courts could profoundly influence other parts of government. While government bureaucracy has usually been seen as leading the charge towards new, more efficient and stronger centralised authority, this article demonstrates how the Swedish court acted as an engine in the transformation of the dysfunctional Swedish state of 1600 into something much more formidable. At the encouragement of monarchs, noble courtiers became more attentive in their service to the state, more educated, more diverse in their origins, and more skilled in the arts of war. But such change was not everlasting, and the article compares characteristics of the court at the beginning of the seventeenth century with those of the later decades — the Caroline period. In these years the court turned inward on itself, declining from a position of innovation and leadership to one of reaction and decay, more rearguard than vanguard.

National Category
History
Research subject
Humanities, History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-57815 (URN)10.1080/14629712.2016.1245813 (DOI)
Available from: 2016-11-04 Created: 2016-11-04 Last updated: 2016-11-17Bibliographically approved
Persson, F. (2016). Leverage or Obstacle?: Networks of Nordic Queens. In: Presented at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference 2016: . Paper presented at Sixteenth Century Society Conference.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Leverage or Obstacle?: Networks of Nordic Queens
2016 (English)In: Presented at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference 2016, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
History
Research subject
Humanities, History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-58314 (URN)
Conference
Sixteenth Century Society Conference
Available from: 2016-11-26 Created: 2016-11-26 Last updated: 2016-11-28Bibliographically approved
Persson, F. (2016). The Struggle for Access: Participation and Distance During a Royal Swedish Minority. In: Dries Raeymaekers, Sebastiaan Derks (Ed.), The Key to Power?: The Culture of Access in Princely Courts, 1400–1750 (pp. 202-231). Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Struggle for Access: Participation and Distance During a Royal Swedish Minority
2016 (English)In: The Key to Power?: The Culture of Access in Princely Courts, 1400–1750 / [ed] Dries Raeymaekers, Sebastiaan Derks, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2016, p. 202-231Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2016
Series
Rulers & Elites : comparative studies in governance, ISSN 2211-4610 ; 8
Keywords
Early Modern Royal Court, Monarchy, Power, Access
National Category
History
Research subject
Humanities, History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-57341 (URN)9789004274839 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-10-10 Created: 2016-10-10 Last updated: 2016-10-20Bibliographically approved
Persson, F. (2016). To Exalt Everyday Life at Court: Everyday Ceremony at the Courts of Denmark and Sweden. In: Presented at The 62nd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America: Boston, 31 March–2 April 2016. Paper presented at The 62nd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. Boston, 31 March–2 April 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>To Exalt Everyday Life at Court: Everyday Ceremony at the Courts of Denmark and Sweden
2016 (English)In: Presented at The 62nd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America: Boston, 31 March–2 April 2016, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
History
Research subject
Humanities, History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-58313 (URN)
Conference
The 62nd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. Boston, 31 March–2 April 2016
Available from: 2016-11-26 Created: 2016-11-26 Last updated: 2017-03-01Bibliographically approved
Persson, F. (2015). Hovfolket (1ed.). In: Merit Laine (Ed.), Hedvig Eleonora: den svenska barockens drottning (pp. 31-33). Stockholm: Kungl. Husgerådskammaren
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hovfolket
2015 (Swedish)In: Hedvig Eleonora: den svenska barockens drottning / [ed] Merit Laine, Stockholm: Kungl. Husgerådskammaren , 2015, 1, p. 31-33Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kungl. Husgerådskammaren, 2015 Edition: 1
Series
Skrifter från Kungl. Husgerådskammaren, ISSN 0281-1332 ; 15
National Category
History
Research subject
Humanities, History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-43234 (URN)9789187283604 (ISBN)9789185551286 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-05-15 Created: 2015-05-15 Last updated: 2015-06-01Bibliographically approved
Persson, F. (2015). Kissing hands and wearing ribbons: Gender and Status Competition at the Swedish Court. In: Gender at Status Competition in Premodern Societies, Umeå 27 November 2015: . Paper presented at Gender at Status Competition in Premodern Societies, Umeå 27 November 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kissing hands and wearing ribbons: Gender and Status Competition at the Swedish Court
2015 (English)In: Gender at Status Competition in Premodern Societies, Umeå 27 November 2015, 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Competition for status was the life blood of early modern courts. Members of the elite guarded their place in the social hierarchy ferociously, and often tried to improve it at the expense of others. The court was probably rightly seen as an arbiter of status, a place where status was defined and acknowledged.

In reality, this was an intensely competitive environment where the struggle for status meant that hierarchies could be remarkably fluid. From 1672 onwards a crude table of rank, although limited in scope, afforded some semblance of continuity, but the personal character of early modern monarchy often trumped such blunt formalities.

The table of rank was in reality a poor guide to status, as that was made up not just of formal office and title, but also of family connections, perceived power, and royal favour. The role of women in formal rank systems was a bone of contention. Queen Christina considered having a special table of rank for women, and bitter struggles over precedence between women at court could escalate into long-running family conflicts.

Proximity to the monarch was key in the early modern Swedish polity; a physical proximity that was inevitably gendered. It also had to be asserted openly, preferably in formalities, and ceremony could thus denote an individual’s status. This opened up for a complex play between personal standing with the royal family and existing precedent. Ceremony could also be a public way—or often in the case of everyday ceremony, a semi-public way—to enhance (or diminish) status. Where would women and men at court be placed in processions, at meals, and on various other occasions? Who had the right of entry into the royal family’s most private chambers? It was calibrated all the way down to the individual components of ceremonies, with a ritual such as kissing hands also serving to indicate status. Who was allowed to kiss the royal hand? Who was allowed to kiss the royal cheek?

Proximity to the royal person could also be manifested in material form. Jewellery or miniature portraits, handed out as gifts, betokened royal favour and boosted status. Other objects could also signal inclusion, such as the paraphernalia of the various honours and royal orders and various forms of dress.  All this was visible to others present at court and beyond, and could increase (or decrease) the status and power of the individual.

National Category
History
Research subject
Humanities, History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48799 (URN)
Conference
Gender at Status Competition in Premodern Societies, Umeå 27 November 2015
Available from: 2016-01-15 Created: 2016-01-15 Last updated: 2016-01-27Bibliographically approved
Persson, F. (2015). Rituals of Royal Compassion. In: Compassion in Early Modern Culture, Amsterdam 18 September 2015: . Paper presented at Compassion in Early Modern Culture, Amsterdam 18 September 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rituals of Royal Compassion
2015 (English)In: Compassion in Early Modern Culture, Amsterdam 18 September 2015, 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48798 (URN)
Conference
Compassion in Early Modern Culture, Amsterdam 18 September 2015
Available from: 2016-01-15 Created: 2016-01-15 Last updated: 2016-01-27Bibliographically approved
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