returned home from Sweden Christian 2nd began with eagerness his
great works of law, which should complete the reforms, he until now had
prepared. His aim was to create a strong kingdom, raised above all social
classes and independent of any foreign power.
The peoples participation in administration of justice through juries was
lifted, and all cases were remained under royal judges.
A high court was founded, by which even the ecclesiastical cases were taken
away from the Pope.
Against the tough regulations in his written agreement with the Council he
employed several middle class local chiefs and imposed on all castle chiefs,
if he died, then to obey his son. In that was an attempt to make Denmark
become an inherit kingdom like Sweden.
The independence of the church he wanted to destroy totally. A couple of times
he fought through his will in electing of arc bishops, even the unworthy
Didrik Slaghek he had appointed arch beshop, but had him shortly after trialed
at a worldly court, and after the conviction had him burned as a reconcile
sacrifice because of the massacre in Stockholm.
He became aware of Lutherís performance and called in from Wittenberg
Lutherske preachers, whose activity, he thought, could help him in placing the
church wholly under his authority. Their preaching though got no significance.
In the bluming middle class he looked for support for royal power. He lifted
the right for the nobilities and the priests to trade with foreign merchants
and determined, that this trading was only entitled to the the market towns.
He had the plan to establish a Nordic trading company, and to make Copenhagen
and Stockholm to main centres for trading in The Baltic Sea, he even thought
of sending SÝren Norby to India.
Sigbrit was in all these affairs his most important advicer. Her native
country, The Netherlands, Christian was looking at as model. It was also from
The Netherlands, peasants were called in to settle at Amager to promote garden
Christian 2ndís legislation took care of the poor and people
without legal rights. He forbade to sell the peasants, and gave them the right
to move away from the estate, where they were born, if they suffered harm by
the squire. The shipwrecked, who earlier were almost without legal rights, as
the beach owner took their property and often also their lives, he protected
by the decree, that wreckage belonged to the shipwrecked.
Also the miserable schools he tried to improve. In the countryside the
children should learn to read and write Danish, and the higher colleges were
changed in a humanistic direction.
As Christian 2nd worked to make the power of the king almost
autocratic and depress the nobilities, it can be said, that he, even if at a
far more intense way, continued, what Valdemar Atterdag and Margrete had
started. Furthermore he can be equally compared to many contemporary princes,
whose aim were of the same kind, but by his care for the helpless, he stands
way above those.