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III Royal Police Ordinances between 1523 and 1611: Enforcement of Medieval Law

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This chapter examines royal police ordinances that were issued between 1523 and 1611. It also analyzes the political, economic and social life of sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Sweden. Political life in sixteenth-century Sweden was marked by continuous political and military struggles both internationally and domestically. Throughout the century, Swedish kings were engaged in numerous diplomatic disputes and campaigns with Denmark, Poland and the city state of Lübeck. The chapter further examines the areas of societal life that were regulated through police ordinances during the period 1523 to 1611. Early modern police ordinances were also issued in order to control public safety and criminality, a task that still belongs to the police authorities in today's modern societies. A phenomenon that can clearly be noticed from the empirical material of this chapter is the recurrence of ordinances.

Keywords: police ordinances; political life; Sweden



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