August 7, 2022
We continue with the whirlpool that is late 14th century Swedish politics. Rebelling Swedish noblemen, with Bo Jonsson Grip at the helm, are ready to take the fight to King Magnus, with the help of their new allies Mecklenburg. Young Albert of Mecklenburg will eventually be placed on the Swedish throne, but he's really just a figurehead, as behind the scenes it is his dad and the council that wield the real power.
July 24, 2022
We're back on track with our chronological narrative. We pick up where we left off after the battle of Visby in the summer of 1361. Gotland continues to suffer under its new Danish masters, but before long King Magnus decides to strike back. What follows is a Danish-Swedish-Norwegian-German-Hanseatic conflict in which alliances change quicker than in a Latin American soap opera.
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June 26, 2022
It is time for another special episode! We recently spent a whole week in the county of Skåne and got to see a load of historical gems. In the chronological timeline, King Magnus has just possession of Skåne, so let's take a look at what he has had taken away from him.
Listen as we talk about the tower watchman of Ystad, the stone ship Ale Stenar, the fish of Simrishamn and much more!
(Please note, the next episode will be out on 24th July instead of 10th July as we take a short summer break.)
June 12, 2022
We've talked about her on and off for a while now, so we thought it was time for a biographical special! Known as Birgitta up until now in the timeline, minor spoilers as we examine the life of the lady known in Swedish history as Saint Birgitta. It will be a journey, both literal and metaphorical, filled with visions, politics and death. She also writes a lot of letters...
May 29, 2022
This is an extra special episode for two reasons! For the first time we have enough information to spend a whole episode focusing on just one battle, the Battle of Visby in 1361, and it is also our first ever interview episode.
We speak to Thomas Neijman, PhD candidate in History at Stockholm University, an expert on the Battle of Visby and its modern day perceptions. In addition to his studies, Thomas is also a Swedish military officer, curator of the Swedish History Museum's exhibit on the battle and a re-enactor, making him the perfect person to explain the events of this tumultuous year and guide us through the exhibit itself.
Listen as Chris interviews Thomas at the Swedish History Museum and hear them walk through the exhibit and look at some of the remains on display that Thomas helped to curate.
If you want to read more about the exhibit and the museum itself, you can find that information here: https://historiska.se/utstallningar/medieval-massacre/
May 15, 2022
This week it is all change in the Bjälbo dynasty in another action packed episode! We start off with King Magnus' son Håkon finally taking the throne of Norway as planned, in a relatively rare peaceful transition of power. This annoys elder brother Erik who attempts to grab more power for himself... We also see the Hanseatic League actually become the Hanseatic League and King Valdemar in Denmark still hasn't given up on his mission of restoring the entirety of the Danish Kingdom.
We also finally have a new family tree! Find them all here: https://aflatpackhistoryofsweden.com/family-tree-gallery/
May 1, 2022
Novgorod and Sweden have been involved in on and off conflict for a couple of centuries as we reach the end of the 1340s. Things go into overdrive at the end of the decade, as King Magnus of Sweden heads east, determined to convert the Novgorodians to his version of Christianity and take control over vital trade routes. Battles centre around the Orekhov/Nöteborg castle and things get so bad for Novgorod, they need to call on their Archbishop for help! Back home in Sweden, Magnus decides it is about time that there should be just one legal system for the entire country and embarks on an ambitious project of law reform!
We also ask for help in this episode, welcoming the excellent Bry from Pontifacts to read out a long quote for us. Check out Pontifacts wherever you get your podcasts, and follow them on Twitter for some Pope related fun: www.twitter.com/pontifactspod
April 17, 2022
The Black Death has arrived in Norway and Sweden. Magnus "hade häcken full" trying to deal with its consequences, as the plague spread throughout the countries. The Black Death affected everything; bringing major building projects to a halt, devastating entire parishes and towns, and putting a stop to potential war plans. Unfortunately, Magnus' best advice doesn't stop the spread of the disease and before long, half the country is dead. It is grim reading - or listening!
Oh, and Chris throws a pillow at Åsa...!
April 3, 2022
After having purchased Skåne, King Magnus is keen to continue expanding the Swedish territories, but so is King Valdemar in Denmark. The two lock horns over control of land around the Baltic Sea. There is trouble brewing on the island of Gotland, and over in Danish-controlled Estonia, the local population is rising up. Back home King Magnus wants to ensure the line of succession is secured and make sure that there were laws in place to keep the people fighting for him in line.
At the end of the episode we see how news of a devastating disease arrives from the European continent. Once it reaches Sweden, it will change the course of the country's history.
March 20, 2022
King Magnus is now finally old enough to take the reigns of Sweden and after a bit of argument, Norway too. One of the very first things he does is treat himself to some new land by buying Skåne. Åsa's home county is now finally under the rule of a Swedish King for the first! The rest of the episode revolves around money, or lack of it, as Magnus tries to fund his coronation, Eriksgata and wedding, plus pay off his previous debts. We also see the arrival of a Danish James Bond at the end of the episode...