Waldemar earth book

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Administrative division of Denmark at the time of King Waldemar

The Waldemar-Erdbuch ( Latin : Liber Census Daniæ ) is a tax registration book that the Danish King Waldemar II had created in Latin in 1231. It records the king's possessions and income.

The importance of the earth book lies in the fact that many places and administrative districts of the then Kingdom of Denmark were mentioned here for the first time. It includes today's Denmark, today's German part of Schleswig and Sønderjylland including the island of Fehmarn , the former Danish provinces east of the Öresund Schonen , Halland and Blekinge as well as the Danish possessions in Estonia . It gives a valuable insight into the power and social structures of the time. The lowest administrative unit was the Harde . The Harden were grouped in Syssel , a more geographical division between Harde and Land.

The multi-volume original on parchment , the so-called Codex Holmiensis , contains various lists in different manuscripts. This includes lists of trading locations and royal and ecclesiastical possessions. It has been kept in the Danish State Archives (today Statens Arkiver ) in Copenhagen since it was moved from Stockholm in 1929 .

The earth book was not replaced by a register book until 1688 .

Text output

  • Svend Aakjær (Ed.): Kong Valdemars Jordebog. (= Samfund til Udgivelse af Gammel Nordisk Litteratur. Udgave. Vol. 50, ZDB -ID 1348543-x ). 3 volumes (Vol. 1: Text. Vol. 2: Commentary. Vol. 3: Register ). Jørgensen, København 1926–1943.

Web links

  • The 1873 by Oluf Nielsen published publication of the book is the Internet Archive as a digital copy available.
  • The original manuscript in the Danish National Archives in Copenhagen can be viewed in digital form .