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Klockaren. En studie av klockareyrket från medeltid till 1700- tal


  • Malin Andersson

Summary, in English

My aim was to get a deeper insight about the parish clerk and how this profession has changed over time in Sweden from the Middle Ages up to the eighteenth century. Who was the parish clerk? Is it possible to find out in what way his duties changed over time? The information mainly derives from written historical sources, such as

laws. It seems like the parish clerk in the countryside often was a layman whom had to be approved by the parish, the parish priest or the bishop. His position in the early Middle Ages seems to have taken the form of assistant to the priest, participating in the liturgy. During the late Middle Ages his role seems to have degraded and shifted towards the form of servant to the priest. After the reformation his position seems to

have improved again and one of his new duties was that of a teacher. His

responsibilities have been numerous and maybe you can think of him as a kind of right-hand man to the church in the countryside.

Publishing year




Document type

Student publication for Bachelor's degree


  • History and Archaeology


  • Sverige,
  • Klockare,
  • Medeltid,
  • Medieval history
  • Medeltidens historia
  • Archaeology
  • Arkeologi


  • Anders Ödman