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A History of the Swedish People: Volume I

Volume I

2005
Author:

Vilhelm Moberg
Translated by Paul Britten Austin
Foreword by Gunnar Myrdal

A History of the Swedish People: Volume I

The captivating early history of Sweden

In this first volume Vilhelm Moberg examines Viking raids, the coming of Christianity, and the Folkungs royal dynasty, whose tyrannical reign lasted from 1250 to the 1360s. He describes the arrival of the Black Death from a ship that docked carrying only dead passengers, and recounts the reign of Queen Margareta who founded the Kalmar Union, comprising all of Scandinavia.

Moberg succeeds in building up a picture of the medieval tiller of the soil that is full of insights and presented with a compassion, an enthusiasm and a freshness.

Times Literary Supplement

Beginning in prehistoric times and culminating with the Dacke rebellion of 1542, renowned novelist Vilhelm Moberg’s two-volume popular history of the Swedish people approaches its subject from the viewpoint of the common people, documenting peasants’s lives as well as those of the royal families.

In this first volume Moberg examines Viking raids, the coming of Christianity, and the Folkungs royal dynasty, whose tyrannical reign lasted from 1250 to the 1360s. He vividly describes the arrival of the Black Death from a ship that docked carrying only dead passengers, and he recounts the reign of Queen Margareta who founded the Kalmar Union, comprising all of Scandinavia. In every chapter, Moberg faithfully imparts how history affected “the whole people” of Sweden.

A History of the Swedish People: Volume I

Vilhelm Moberg (1898–1972) was one of Sweden’s greatest writers of the twentieth century and is well known for his remarkable The Emigrants (1949), a four-volume epic of Swedish immigration to America.

Paul Britten Austin is a translator and historian.

Gunnar Myrdal (1898-1987) was an acclaimed Swedish economist and politician. He won the Nobel Prize for economics in 1974.

A History of the Swedish People: Volume I

Moberg succeeds in building up a picture of the medieval tiller of the soil that is full of insights and presented with a compassion, an enthusiasm and a freshness.

Times Literary Supplement

‘The history of Sweden is the history of her commons’—such is the motto and theme of this highly personal history of Sweden by its best-selling novelist.

Library Journal

An absorbing narrative history. A humanistic observer, Moberg gracefully intermingles facts, informed suppositions and source references.

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