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Landstinget-Between The People And The King

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The landsting had a geographically more extensive authority backing up its legal decisions than the local herredsting. For this reason, royal power must have been more interested in influencing the provincial courts, which seem also to have been able to accept or reject a claimant to the throne through most of the Middle Ages. According to the provincial laws the landsting met every fortnight, and this tradition remained unchanged for many centuries. The introduction of the office of provincial court judge can thus be taken as evidence for an increasing centralisation of sentencing power in one person closely associated with royal power and it is therefore not surprising that provincial court judges remained in office for significantly longer periods than the auditores of Jylland, in fact they sat for several decades in contrast to the auditores who only held office for a few years.

Keywords: Jylland; landsting; provincial court judge; provincial laws



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