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The Borgarting was one of the major popular assemblies or things (lagting) of medieval Norway. Historically it was the site of the court and assembly for the southern coastal region of Norway
Norway
from the south-eastern border with Sweden, westwards to the today's Risør
Risør
in Aust-Agder. [1] Borgarting was named after its seat, the town of Borg (today Sarpsborg). It was established before 1164 when it absorbed the districts Grenland and Telemark. When Norway
Norway
was united as a kingdom, the first lagtings were constituted as superior regional assemblies.The ancient regional assemblies – Frostating, Gulating, Eidsivating
Eidsivating
and Borgarting – were eventually joined into a single jurisdiction. King Magnus Lagabøte had the existing body of law put into writing (1263–1280). In 1274, Magnus promulgated the new national law (Magnus Lagabøtes landslov), a unified code of laws to apply for the Kingdom of Norway. This compilation of the codified Gulating
Gulating
laws (Gulatingsloven) applied throughout the realm extending to overseas possessions including the Faroe islands
Faroe islands
and Shetland. [2] [3] [4] References[edit]

^ "Borgarting". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Retrieved 6 April 2013.  ^ Magnus 6 Håkonsson Lagabøte (Store norske leksikon) ^ Magnus Lagabøtes landslov (Store norske leksikon) ^ Gulatingsloven (Store norske leksikon)

Other sources[edit]

Andersen, Per Sveaas (1977) Samlingen av Norge og kristningen av landet : 800–1130 (Oslo: Universitetsforlaget) ISBN 8200024121 Larson, Laurence Marcellus (2011) The Earliest Norwegian Laws (The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd) ISBN 9781584779254

Related Reading[edit]

Munch P.A. (1846) Norges gamle Love indtil 1387 (Christiania: Chr. Gröndahl)

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