A Flatpack History of Sweden
56. The Black Death

56. The Black Death

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...! 

55. Revenge of the Danes

55. Revenge of the Danes

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. 

54. A King Comes of Age

54. A King Comes of Age

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... 

53. War and Peace

53. War and Peace

March 6, 2022

Our favourite enemy Novgorod is back in the picture, this time with siege engines and a really impressive new castle! This episode will see plenty of war between Sweden and Novgorod, but also a landmark peace treaty. Back home, King Mother Ingeborg causes so much commotion that she's removed from all positions of influence in the Kingdom. Meanwhile, down south, Denmark has time to completely fall apart! 

52. A Royal Stock Check

52. A Royal Stock Check

February 20, 2022

We're back in the 1300s and just like young King Magnus, it is time for a crash course on the status of his realm. For the first time, a King is monarch of both Sweden and Norway and there is a lot for him to take in and figure out.  Towns are growing and different types of farms are spreading throughout the country. At the same time, Denmark is falling apart and his mother starts meddling in international affairs.

Oops, Chris accidentally muted the intro and outro music when creating the audio file, so we're re-uploading it with the proper version now, sorry!

S5. Swedes in the Early Olympics

S5. Swedes in the Early Olympics

February 13, 2022

It is time for another special episode! This time, as we see Swedes win medals in Beijing in 2022, we thought we would look at some of their predecessors and the Swedish athletes who competed in the first modern Olympic Games. Meet Sweden's first Olympians, first medallists and a great old man who would become an Olympic legend!

Listen to find out about all this and more, including the mystery of a disappearing Japanese marathon runner... 

51. Medieval Trivia

51. Medieval Trivia

February 6, 2022

Just like at the end of the Viking Age and at the start of the High Middle Ages, we've now covered enough of the Medieval period to warrant an "everything else we haven't mentioned yet" style episode! Lots of things come up in the research that don't fit neatly into the chronological narrative, but they are still worth knowing, so we decided to talk about them in a dedicated episode.

Listen and enjoy some trivia, facts and stories about life in Medieval Sweden, as we discuss everything from medicine and skeletons to Hnefatafl and Tug of War!

Includes minor spoilers about our next special episode and keep listening for some rubbish whistling after the outro music...

50. Sweet Company of Mine

50. Sweet Company of Mine

January 23, 2022

Our milestone 50th episode is a case study on the Great Copper Mountain Mine (GCMM)! Since the Viking Age, we have seen great examples of entrepreneurship and business in Sweden, but nothing as long lasting as the Great Copper Mountain Mine, or Stora Kopparbergs Gruva. First mentioned in text way back in 1288 when the bishop of Västerås bought a share in the mine, but in reality a lot older, the GCMM is Sweden's oldest still operating company and is sometimes even called the world's oldest limited company. We look into the background of the mountain, what open cast mining entails and discuss Chris' visit to one of Australia's biggest bauxite mines... 

49. It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over

49. It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over

January 9, 2022

Welcome to the third and final instalment of the Shakespearean tale of an epic Swedish royal brotherly feud! Last time we saw Sweden being split in three with Birger, Erik and Valdemar getting one part each to rule over. At first it looks like this might work out, but it's not long before the three brothers are at each other's throats again. And this time, it's a fight to the death!

The final showdown has gone down in Swedish history as the Nyköpingsgästabud - The Nyköping Banquet! 

48. Brothers In Arms

48. Brothers In Arms

December 26, 2021

This episode will start and end with two of Sweden's most famous historical events from the Medieval period. That means that the 11 years between the two dramatic incidents are sometimes skimmed over in histories of the era. However, so much happens and the royal family drama somehow manages to go up a level!

Bonus mini story at the end as we recount the tale of Botulf, the only Swede to ever be convicted of heresy!

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