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Cnut And The Development Of The ‘Machinery Of Control’ In Western And Central Denmark

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In the century before Cnut the Great came to power Denmark had only just begun to be politically unified, and it was still greatly fragmented in 1019. The sites of the three main thing-assembly sites in the later medieval period appear to confirm the three-part division of the landscape. From the twelfth century onwards the crucial assemblies of medieval Denmark are recorded at Viborg in Jylland, another site near Lund in Skåne, and at Ringsted in the centre of Sjælland. The consolidation of political, social and economic control in this region of western Denmark is dealt with in this chapter. Consideration is made of the interests of Cnut in the central region of Denmark, and some mention is made of eastern Denmark. The focus is on Cnuts involvement in the development of urbanism in these regions, his establishment of ecclesiastical organisation, and his interaction with the aristocracy of northern Jylland.

Keywords: aristocracy; central Denmark; Cnut the Great; urbanism; western Denmark



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