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Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies

Victoria University in the University of Toronto
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Early Modern Interdisciplinary Graduate Forum IV

December 5 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Christine Ekholst (History): “A Swede in Rome: Patriotism and Folk-Beliefs in Olaus Magnus’ History of the Northern Peoples”

Noam Tzvi Lior (Drama): “Making Shakespeare at Play. Editing, Dramaturgy, and Design in Multimedia Shakespeare Apps”


Christine Ekholst (History). Olaus Magnus was a bishop and an important Catholic leader during the time of the Swedish Reformation. After 1527 he was forced in exile and finally settled in Rome. Here Olaus Magnus published his most important work, The History of the Northern Peoples, in 1555. This work was republished and translated into many languages; it became the standard encyclopaedia for Scandinavian history and culture during the early modern period. In his book Olaus describes the Swedes—their culture and traditions—as well as the indigenous Sami people in the north of Scandinavia. He mixes fantastic stories about giants and sea monsters with descriptions of the everyday life of the Swedish peasants. In my research project I aim to contextualize Olaus Magnus’s experience as an exiled Catholic bishop and examine how he maintained a relationship with his home country and the Swedes.


December 5
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm