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(1889) [MARC] Author: Leo Mechelin Translator: Charles J. Cooke
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VIII.

THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS.

(51) Class Privileges.

The principle of the equality of all citizens
in the eyes of the law, a principle held sacred
by the ancient Swedish laws, became sensibly
modified in the course of centuries.

The order of nobles was distinct from the
rest of society. At the end of the Middle Ages
it already had important privileges, which were
still further extended during the sixteenth and
seventeenth centuries.

Of these privileges, as far as they relate
to social and economical conditions, there now
remain only a few insignificant remnants.
Since 1863 they have been abolished either

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