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Medieval Denmark

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This chapter provides a brief introduction to Danish history and social structure in the Middle Ages and to the geographical boundaries of my investigation and the different institutions of legal administration. However, there is no doubt that some form of fixed law existed in early medieval Denmark and we know that some kings gave laws in individual legal regions in the twelfth century. The provincial laws aimed primarily to regulate legal conflict and the problems that were significant for landowners. The institutions of the administration of justice are those institutions that administer justice, i.e. on the one hand, those institutions that decide whether a transgression against the law has taken place and who in that case committed it, and, on the other hand, those institutions that subsequently administer punishment or sanctions as a consequence of this legal transgression.

Keywords: medieval Denmark; provincial laws

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