By Minoru Ozawa
HERSETEC : journal of hermeneutic study and education of textual configuration, Vol.3:1 (2009)
Introduction: This article aims at analyzing the social context in which a Danish royal charter dated 21 May 1085 functioned, in terms of the relationship between the text and the community. The charter is famous among the historians who are interested in medieval Scandinavia because it was the earliest known example of all of the royal charters in Scandinavia. Not a few studies, especially based mainly on diplomatics, have been devoted to this charter since the 19th century. The starting point of modern historiography of the charter was prepared by A. Køcher and L. Weibull, and a symposium was held in Lund in 1985 and the proceeding was published in 1988 for the commemoration of the 900 year jubileum of the production of the charter.