important details that had marked consequences for the development of both kingdoms, and they should have been more carefully elaborated. The lack of a uniform system of providing the names of individuals and their titles is also slightly irritating. In some cases Larson lists only a name and patronymic (i.e., Ture Jönsson), neglecting to provide a clan name (i.e., Tre Rosor). In the case of other individuals he includes clan designations. In the sixteenth century individuals and their contemporaries would have recognized each other by a first name and patronymic, but for the modern reader knowing the clan name makes it is easier to know to whose son (or daughter) he is referring. Similarly, the author's use of titles is inconsistent. Sometimes they appear in English (i.e., king), and other times in German (i.e., Kaiser), or Danish, or some other language. Ultimately, these insignificant details are only a source of minor irritation in what is overall a well-researched, well-argued, and extremely interesting book. Among Larson's most important earlier works are several volumes on Carl Linnaeus. Linnaeus and the Enlightenment thinkers of the eighteenth century championed reason, and Larson's approach to understanding the Reforming of the North is similarly
Scandinavian Studies – Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study
Published: Aug 23, 2012
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