Today’s Date: First Danish law

On this day in 1683, ‘Dankse Lov’, the first Danish law, was signed off by Christian V. It replaced three regional laws (Jutland, Zealand and Scania, which had been lost to the Swedes according to the Treaty of Roskilde in 1658).

It was not hugely significant, but did give the whole country, for the first time in its existence, a single codification. Christian V, a contemporary of Ole Rømer, was more into architecture than science and eventually died in a hunting accident.




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