Codex Holmiensis is the manuscript
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of the Danish
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Code of Jutland, a civil code
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enacted under Valdemar II of Denmark
Valdemar II of Denmark
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. The code covered Funen
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Jutland , historically also called Cimbria, is the name of the peninsula that juts out in Northern Europe toward the rest of Scandinavia, forming the mainland part of Denmark. It has the North Sea to its west, Kattegat and Skagerrak to its north, the Baltic Sea to its east, and the Danish–German...
down to the Eider River
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The king did not sign it in Jutland, but rather at the royal castle at Vordingborg
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in early 1241.
The Code was succeeded by Christian V's Danish Code
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of 1683; however in certain parts of Schleswig
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parts of the Code were used until the arrival of Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch
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