Background and activities

Position:

  • Professor of Medieval History
  • Head of Department

Field of Research:

  • Medieval History

Teaching:

  • Subjects from Medieval European History

Fields of Interest:

  • Aristocracy, Nobility
  • State Formation, Political Culture
  • Military History
  • National and other identities
  • Loyalties and Networks
  • Migration
  • Historiography
  • The Use of History

Commissions:

  • Member of the Editorial Board of The Interdisciplinary Journal of Medieval Research Collegium Medievale 1998-2005
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Norwegian Historical Review (Historisk tidsskrift) 2005-2009
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Norwegian Historical Review (Historisk tidsskrift) 2010-2014
  • Chairman of Kjeldeskriftkommisjonen ("The Source Document Commission") 2011-2014
  • Member of the steering committee for The Norwegian Graduate School in History 2018-present
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the project "Magnus the Lawmender's National Code and Town Law", National Library of Norway

Professional Memberships:

  • The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters The Academy (DKNVS)
  • Det kongelige danske Selskab for Fædrelandets Historie

Professional Networks:

  • The Nordic Countries and the Medieval Expansion of Europe. New Interpretations of a Common Past, 2005-2010.
  • The Realm of Norway and its dependencies as a political system, 2010-2013

Current Projects:

  • The Norwegian Aristocracy ca. 1350 -- 1450
  • Norwegian Identity before 1814
  • Transition and Tradtions. Ecclesia Nidrosiensis and the Transformation of the Northern World
  • MEDHEAL600
  • Social governance through legislation

Selected Publications:

  • Bastard Feudalism or Sub-vassality in Medieval Norway, Collegium Medievale vol. 4, 1991/2: 177-214
  • Norwegen 1319-1397: ein "willenloser Trabant" der Nachbarländer?, i Detlef Kattinger, Dörte Putensen & Horst Wernicke (Hrsg.), "huru thet war talet j kalmarn". Union und Zusammenarbeit in der Nordischen Geschichte, 600 Jahre Kalmarer Union (1397-1997), Hamburg 1997: 83-152
  • "Norge[...]thette rige som vort federne rige og land.", Historisk tidsskrift bind 81, nummer 1 2002: 99-118
  • Norsk innvandringshistorie, bind 1, I kongenes tid 900-1814, del I 900-1537, Oslo 2003: 23-223
  • Norsk historie II 1537- 1814, Oslo 2003, sammen med Ole Georg Moseng, Gunnar I. Pettersen og Erling Sandmo
  • Feider og fred i nordisk middelalder, Oslo 2007; redaktør samt forfatter av innledningen og én artikkel
  • Norsk historie I 750-1537, 2. utgave, Oslo 2007, sammen med Ole Georg Moseng, Gunnar I. Pettersen og Erling Sandmo
  • "Conflict and Alliance. The question of a national kingdom – political attitudes of Norwegian gentry and farmers in the Late Middle Ages", Scandinavian Journal of History, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2008: 161-182
  • "I hvilken grad oppstod norsk nasjonalfølelse og identitet i middelalderen?", Tankar om ursprung. Forntiden och medeltiden i nordisk historieanvending, red. Samuel Edquist, Lars Hermanson & Stefan Johansson, The Museum of National Antiquities, Stockholm, Studies 13, Stockholm 2009: 35-52
  • "[...] nonetheless [he] fulfilled his obligation towards the hird: Fealty and Politics in Medieval Norway", Feudalism. New Landscapes of Debate, red. Sverre Bagge, Michael H. Gelting & Thomas Lindkvist, Turnhout 2011: 185-201
  • "Jemtland fra dansk til svensk i 1645? Staten, riket og nasjonen som identitets- og lojalitetsgrunnlag i Norden i tidlig ny tid", Jämtland och den jämtländska världen 1000-1645, KVHAA Konferenser 75, Stockholm 2011: 185-205