chapter  7
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Banking on – and with – the Victorines: The Strange Case of Archbishop Eskil’s Lost Deposit

Within the study of the learned law, the second half of the twelfth century and the first part of the thirteenth is known as the legal century. Among Danish legal historians there has in the last two decades been a lively debate about the character of the Danish legal landscape and the law-books from the thirteenth century. The kingdom consisted of three major legal provinces with separate provincial legislation and assemblies. Jutland with Funen in the west, Zealand with the islands in the middle, and the Scanian province in the east. The rules found in the Book of Inheritance and Unemendable Crimes were incorporated in the later provincial laws, which saw the light of day in the early thirteenth century. One would expect a national law to be clear, well written and logically composed, and to have been up to date and not, for instance, have paragraphs about things that were in direct conflict with contemporary canon law.