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Swedish Fortifications And Palaces

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This section describes about fortifications before and after the Folkung period and palaces. Some of the fortifications are the coastal kastaler and Royal castles. A castle at Borgholm is first known from written sources in the early fourteenth century. During Olsson's excavations at Kalmar (1920-41) the base of a round kastal tower was unearthed in the east corner of the later castle, together with older wall foundations. A number of defensible churches and church towers were built before the Folkung Period, almost certainly by local nobility. Stegeborg is the royal castle in Östergötland that was probably built in the thirteenth century. All the diocesan seats had substantial defensible bishops' residences by 1300. Alsnö palace is known to have existed in 1200, when King Sverker II mentioned it in a letter.

Keywords: coastal kastaler; Folkung period; King Sverker II; Stegeborg; Swedish fortifications



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