Historia de omnibus Gothorum Sueonumque regibusUploader: Nikozragore 2 years ago Subscribe 3
Drawing on Saxo Grammaticus , Johannes gives a brief description of the gods in Norse mythology , which he says are related to the gods of the Roman religion. Identifying as he does the Geats with the Goths, the author now starts drawing on the Getica of Jordanes , and declares that in around years after the Deluge, Berig , a mythical king of the Goths from the aforementioned work, is unanimously elected king by both the Swedes and the Geats, reuniting the two peoples. Concerned about how Finns, Curonians , and Ulmerugians have been raiding Sweden, Berig rallies the people for a war of conquest against the tribes across the Baltic Sea to seek vengeance and to regain the national honour. These fictitious rulers were usually described in positive terms, but the invented King Gostagus Ostanus, Östen III, number 90 in the list is referred as a tyrant: Johannes describes Eric as a man who became renowned for his "good customs" and his "love for the Fatherland", and reproduces a song about the King which he claims dates back from the oldest of times, though latter-day scholars believe it more likely to be a composition of Johannes himself.