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Representing a Nation of Tailors and Cobblers: A Study of Bulstrode Whitelocke´s Journal of the Swedish Embassy, 1653-1654
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

In November 1653, a vessel arrived in the harbour town of Gothenburg, on the west coast of the Protestant monarchy of Sweden. Aboard the ship was the newly appointed English Ambassador Extraordinary, Bulstrode Whitelocke (1605-1675); jurist, Puritan and avid diary keeper. In his journal, Whitelocke noted down the entirety of what he was to experience during his stay in Sweden. From the heaps of papers he produced over his lifetime, he later edited this particular record under the title Journal of the Swedish Embassy. Spanning between 1653 and 1654, the pages of the journal contains information of the most mundane kind, as well as eye witness accounts of what must be recognised as a very interesting part of European history. More so, it reveals Whitelocke’s views on the political questions of his time, mainly presented through conversations with important actors from Swedish society, such as Queen Christina, Lord High Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna, and the Archbishop of Uppsala, Johannes Canuti Lenaeus. In the eyes of the Swedes, Whitelocke became a representative not only of the new Commonwealth of England, but of the new ideas that had formed the basis of its government. As such, he was often made to explain the conduct of his country men, as well as defend the recent events in England. Thus, through these recorded exchanges, an image of Whitelocke´s representation and of his views regarding the changes in England emerges from the pages. This Masters Thesis will analyse this image, as well as discuss Whitelocke’s political views, both practical and ideological, at the time of his embassy to Sweden.

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2007. , p. 52
Keywords [en]
Bulstrode Whitelocke 1605-1675, Queen Christina of Sweden 1626-1689, Axel Oxenstierna 1583-1654, Diary, Diplomacy, English Civil War, Seventeenth Century Political Theory.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-113825OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-113825DiVA, id: diva2:291978
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