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The Establishment Of The King’s Administrative Apparatus

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During the High Middle Ages the Norwegian crown built up a centralized local administration in Norway and the tributary lands. This chapter looks more closely at how this work proceeded in the tributary lands, what it comprised, and what consequences it had for the original governing mechanisms. Another central question concerns the time of the establishment and whether it was synchronized with the expansion of a royal administrative apparatus and a public judicial system in Norway. The introduction of the shrieval organization into Iceland has previously been dated to 1268, 1270, and 1273. By ascertaining this, we can perhaps obtain an answer to the question whether the establishment of a royal administrative apparatus in the tributary lands was just a result of the establishment of direct royal lordship, or if we should see it in association with development elsewhere in the realm.

Keywords: Icelandic law; Norwegian law; royal administrative apparatus; shrieval organization; tributary lands



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