Magnus Eriksson’s Law of the Realm

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Illustration to Chapter 11 of the Building Code of King Magnus Eriksson’s Law of the Realm.

The manuscript is known as the Kalmar or Åbo manuscript, but was probably written in Stockholm in the 1430s. The book shows clearly that swine ran through acorn-bearing oak forests. Swine breeding was of considerable importance to the medieval peasant society and oak forests were also much more common than they are now. It could cost the swine owner a pretty penny if his swine were overly inclined to eat others’ acorns and disputes about acorn forests are a recurring feature in law texts and other legal documents.

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