Modern foliation in ink in the upper right margin.
+ II(VI + IV + II)
Part one, the first quire (fols. 1–5), consists of older fragments,
which have probably been added to the court records at a later date for unknown
reasons. Fol. 2 has been pasted on to fol. 3.
Fols. 70–71 and 96–97 form a
quire of two bifolia between which three other quires have been entered; fols.
121–123 have been pasted between fols. 120 and 124; a leaf has been torn before
The manuscript has suffered various damage: The binding has
become loose in several places. The first quire is almost completely loose;
Fols. 86–89 are loose; the quire containing fols. 114–124 is almost completely
loose. Fols. 114–118 have a tear in the lower-right margin, which has caused
some loss of text. There is staining, tearing and fraying along the
One unruled column with a varying number of lines.
I: Fols. 1–2 are written by two hands. The first is from
; the second is
probably slightly later.
II: One main hand writing a rapid and modest cursive hand from the
There is no decoration. Layout and other features serve practical purposes.
A limp binding of dark brown leather covers. The back cover extends in a
wrap-around flap to close the volume. No straps or clasps are visible. At the front
a modern pastedown with the shelf-mark, a title ‘Finska Domböcker 1464, 1506–1510’,
and reference to the modern edition. The sewing has been done using leaves of
parchment rolled into strings. Fragments from the same parchment manuscript have
been used as guards in the centres of the quires.
The court records of southwestern
from 1506 to 1510
were written in a
rapid and careless hand, mainly by one scribe. The manuscript has a format typical
of account books. The contents are organized geographically according to the place
of the session, and the court records falling between 1506 and 1510 are presented in
chronological order. According to
Pirinen (1947, 80–81)
the manuscript contains
originals of the records kept during the sessions.
Two small fragments have
been entered at the beginning of the manuscript. It is uncertain when this was done,
but the fragments are not related to the rest of the manuscript, since they contain
considerably earlier court records from another area as well as
The manuscript may have come into the possession of
Anna Hansdotter Tott
inheritance from Judge
Anna Tott’s archives were subsequently
passed through marriage to the Bielke family and moved to
Pirinen 1947, 83–86
If the manuscript were among those housed
in Åkerö, then its presence today in the
Swedish National Archives
since the collection at least parts of the collection were confiscated in
the crown. An alternative provenance, that the manuscript was moved to the National
Archives from the
Svea Court of Appeals
, was suggested by
Hausen (1881–1883, II)
National Archives mark ‘C.1’ on the front pastedown , and ‘1’ in ink on the front