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Astrid Nilsson
Johannes Magnus' Historia de omnibus Gothorum Sueonumque regibus

In my thesis, I study a work of history, the Historia de omnibus Gothorum Sueonumque regibus, the History of all the Kings of the Goths and the Swedes. The work was written by Johannes Magnus (1488-1544), the last Swedish Catholic Archbishop to hold residence in Uppsala, and was published posthumously by his brother in 1554. It was to become an ideological foundation for Swedish Gothicism and Swedish politics for over a century. In spite of its importance, the work has hardly been studied at all in modern research.

The object of my study is Johannes Magnus historical method and his way of portraying tyrants in particular, split into three chapters. The first chapter discusses his views on historiography and his method in general. The second deals with his views on tyrants in general and the third studies a few of the royal portraits in depth to find out how they are constructed. I have chosen to focus on the kings with inspiration from the title of the work itself, and because its disposition is strongly centered around the kings, presenting one at a time with his accession, rule and eventual death.

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