Last changed: 19 December 2023
Marshal in Procession

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About marshals

The word "marshal" has ancient ancestry. The term arose in the early Middle Ages in Europe and then referred to a person in charge of a number of horses. The title of marshal was first mentioned in the 7th century in the Lex Alamannorum. It then cost a whopping forty solidi to kill a marshal in royal service.(Source: Marskalk – Wikipedia)

In our modern time, marshals are still a precious and prized part of university traditions. In spring, professorial installations are held in Uppsala and Umeå or Alnarp, and in the autumn the doctoral award ceremony. None of these ceremonies would be as festive without the important marshals! 

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