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Disputing Property in Zealand: The Records of the Sorø Donation Book

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While recent decades have seen a flourishing renewal of the study of medieval Danish laws and legal institutions, comparatively less attention has so far been given to actual practices of disputing. This chapter looks at cartulary-chronicle known as "Sorø donation book" and its records of property disputes in province of Zealand in thirteenth and fourteenth century. In Danish historiography Sorø donation book has primarily been treated as a source for agrarian history. Scholars have studied Sorø Abbey's history and estate management, charted the patrimonial estates of its lay patrons, calculated the size of individual noblemen's landed wealth, and constructed comprehensive genealogies of aristocratic families in Zealand. Recently the donation book has been taken up in discussions of gifts, patronage, and kinship. The chapter shows that the text contains a dossier of very interesting conflict accounts. It discusses some of these accounts. It then analyses the dossier from a dispute perspective.

Keywords: Danish laws; estate management; legal institutions; property disputes; province of Zealand; Sorø Donation Book



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