October 12, 2011
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Queen Margrethe I, 1353-1412, and the Founding of the Nordic Union by Vivian Etting. The fascinating story of Queen Margrete I's rise to power in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, which culminated in the founding of the Nordic Union in 1397. Gives a vivid picture of medieval society in Scandinavia. Well illustrated.
Queenship and Voice in Medieval Northern Europe by William Layher. How three queens -- Agnes of Denmark, Eufemia of Norway, and Margareta of the Scandinavian kingdoms -- effected political change.
The Northern Crusades by Eric Christiansen is about the holy war waged by medieval Scandinavian monarchs against the eastern empires of Orthodox Novgorod and pagan Lithuania.
The Democratic Monarchies of Scandinavia by Ben A. Arneson. An examination of the governments of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Second edition published in 1949. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
A History of Scandinavia by T. K. Derry. A scholarly look at the history of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. Out of print, but sometimes available from Alibris.
Northern Crowns by John Van Der Kiste. About the monarchs of modern Scandinavia going back to the 19th century. The book considers the political backgrounds of the monarchs' reigns and describes the dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden in 1905. Sometimes available from Alibris.
Non-native Sources for the Scandinavian Kings' Sagas by Paul A. White. Study of foreign influences on medieval Scandinavian sagas.
Denmark, Norway, and Sweden
A Short History of Finland by Fred Singleton. Traces the development of the country from its settlement in the first millennium AD to the 20th century, exploring Finland's connection with Sweden and its complex relationship with Russia.
From Grand Duchy to Modern State: A Political History of Finland Since 1809 by Osmo Jussila, Seppo Hentila, and Jukka Nevakivi, translated by David Arter. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
Greenland and Iceland
The Fall of the King by Johannes V. Jensen, translated by Alan G. Bower. Tells the story of a mercenary under 16th century king Christian II of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. First published in 1900-1901 under the title Kongens Fald. The author later won a Nobel Prize in Literature.