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Laurentius Petri Gothus' Strategema (1559) as a Reformation Mirror for Princes: Session: Learning and Letters in Northern Europe
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology. The Renaissance Society of America.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In 1559, an epic poem entitled Strategema Gothici exercitus appeared in Wittenberg. Composed by the Swedish court chaplain Laurentius Petri Gothus, it is dedicated to Erik XIV of Sweden and describes the Gothic king Anthinus’s campaign against Darius. The poem has a strong propagandistic pathos. It was printed the same year as the Danish king Christian died. Sweden was then afraid of a new Danish attack. It is clear that the brave Goths should be understood as the Swedes and tyrannical Darius as the Danish king. Anthinus and other Gothic leaders are compared with the exemplary king Cyrus. Later in the poem, Erik’s father Gustav Vasa delivers a speech in which he gives advice to his sons on how to rule their country righteously. Based on Cyrus’s speech on his deathbed told by Xenophon, it advocates Lutheran virtues and can be read as a Reformation Fürstenspiegel.

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Neo-Latin poetry, literature and ideology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-279825OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-279825DiVA: diva2:909024
The Renaissance Society of America: Annual Meeting
Available from: 2016-03-04 Created: 2016-03-04 Last updated: 2016-03-04

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