4. Between Tribe and Kingdom – People, Land, and Law in Scandza AD 500–1350

  title={4. Between Tribe and Kingdom – People, Land, and Law in Scandza AD 500–1350},
  author={Frode Iversen},
  journal={Rulership in 1st to 14th century Scandinavia},
  • F. Iversen
  • Published 16 December 2019
  • History
  • Rulership in 1st to 14th century Scandinavia
The political structure of Scandinavian society underwent radical change between AD 500 and 1350. Through analyses of c. 170,000 sites of single graves and cemeteries, 1,700 hillforts, and 130 royal sites and manors, this article investigates the emergence of larger law areas and their relation to the peoples and kingdoms in Scandza (i.e. Norway and Sweden). In this period the number of kingdoms was reduced from around thirteen to two. We find 29 peoples in the 6th century mentioned in… 
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