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Judicial Unity Or Diversity?

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This chapter discusses the consequences of King Magnus Håkonsson's major legislation project for the tributary lands. King Magnus started by revising the provincial laws of Norway, but he raised his level of ambition in the early 1270s when he initiated work on a common code of law for the whole country. The king's men in the tributary lands had to observe the rules as well, and through them, the king was able to affect political development in the lands. The real legislative authority lay with the king. The introduction of the national law in the tributary lands simultaneously created a need for special legislation. Royal legislation in Norway thus had direct consequences for the tributary lands as well, in the sphere of civil law as well as the administration of justice and the hird.

Keywords: King Magnus; legislative authority; tributary lands

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