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a code of laws in medieval Sweden.

The code was developed under King Magnus II Ericsson (ruled 1319–63) as a result of the codification of the common law of various regions of Sweden and of royal decrees and was approved at a congress of ecclesiastical and secular feudal lords in Örebro in 1347. It consisted of 14 sections and covered questions of state (“royal”), civil, and criminal law. It expressed the interests of the nobility and sharply limited royal authority. Nevertheless, the adoption of the Landslag was an important step in the country’s centralization. In 1442, under Christopher of Bavaria, the Landslag was supplemented and partly redone; the new Landslag limited the already curtailed rights of peasants and strengthened the power of the feudal nobility. In 1734, Christopher’s Landslag was replaced with a new code of laws.


“Landslag korolia Magnusa Erikssona.” In the collection Srednie veka, issue 26. Moscow, 1964.
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