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The King'S Land

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The king and his agents could raise finance from fines imposed for transgressions and from dulgadråp and danarv, but many of these too may have been introduced in the mid-thirteenth century or even later. By the late thirteenth century Norwegian syslemenn had become agents of the crown and the whole country was divided into sysler, akin to the Swedish län. A close Norwegian comparison with the Swedish husabyman is the årman, originally responsible for supervision of the king's gårdar. Supervision of kungsgårdar that lay around the husaby or bo could have been one of the husabyman's most important functions. The relatively even spatial distribution of husabyar over Uppland, Södermanland and Hälsingland indicates that successive kings endeavoured to extend their influence into every settlement area.

Keywords: Hälsingland; king's gårdar; Norwegian syslemenn; Södermanland; Swedish husabyman; Swedish län; Uppland



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