Renæssanceforum 12 • 2017
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Peter Sjökvist
Two Pieces on the War in Skåne by Petrus Lagerlöf

The War in Skåne between Sweden and Denmark (1675-1679) was not only fought with arms. In this article we meet two poetical pieces composed by the prominent Swedish Latinist Petrus Lagerlöf (1648-1699), which are both connected to the events of this conflict. One is a panegyrical poetic paratext on Charles XI, written for an orator celebrating the 21st birthday of the King in 1676. The other is a satirical epigram on the fall of Kristianstad in 1678. The poems are not only rhetorical masterpieces, but also both very representative of Swedish propaganda of the time.