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The Borough-Continuity And Consequence

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Urbanisation was one of the most far-reaching new social phenomena in Denmark in the High Middle Ages. The point at which the towns separated from the rest of the country was the rights and privileges that each town acquired. In the Middle Ages, towns - particularly the larger ones that were granted or had their status as boroughs confirmed by the king - developed a number of institutions that, to a major or minor degree, influenced the administration of justice. However, the post-Reformation material, which is rich in comparison to the medieval survivals, can help throw light on the subject. The large conurbations that sprung up across the Danish realm during the Early Middle Ages, and in particular in the high-medieval fourteenth century, were (or quickly became) centred around specialised crafts and trades.

Keywords: boroughs; Denmark; justice; post-Reformation material; towns



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