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Domestic SecretsWomen and Property in Sweden, 1600-1857$
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Maria Agren

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833209

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807898451_agren

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Subtle Changes

Subtle Changes

(p.66) ((3)) Subtle Changes
Domestic Secrets

Maria Ågren

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Johan Skytte, reputed to be the most erudite of all Swedish men of his time. He had traveled widely in Europe and attended the University of Marburg. Upon his return to Sweden he was appointed tutor of Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf. Later, he became chancellor of Uppsala University and first president of the court of appeal for southern Sweden, in addition to all his political offices. In 1608, Johan Skytte wrote a commentary on Swedish law. In this work, he mentioned the stipulation of the legal code which stated that a man must procure the consent of his wife and her relatives before he can sell her inherited land. Skytte's opinion suggests, first, that he operated with a definition of ownership that was somewhat at odds with the one prevailing in Sweden at that time.

Keywords:   Johan Skytte, University of Marburg, Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf, Uppsala University, Swedish law, ownership

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