Amory, Frederic. The medieval Icelandic outlaw: lifestyle, saga, and legend

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Title: The medieval Icelandic outlaw: lifestyle, saga, and legend

Published in: From sagas to society : comparative approaches to early Iceland, edited by Gísli Pálsson

Published By: From sagas to society : comparative approaches to early Iceland, edited by Gísli Pálsson Enfield Lock, Middlesex, UK: Hisarlik Press, 1992. 189-203 p.

By line: Frederic Amory

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Early Icelanders (EQ02)

Subjects: Verbal arts (5310); Districts (634); Legal norms (671); Crime (674); Offenses against life (682); Execution of justice (696);

Abstract: This is a study of the outlaw in medieval Icelandic society. Amory discusses the legal concept of outlawry in Iceland, the sagas as literary models of outlaw biography, and the folkloric approach to the outlaw sagas. To these the author adds the social aspects of outlawry in which outlaws, for example, band together to form microsocieties within the society as a whole. The text contains data on the life-styles of outlaws, and their relationship to the GOÐI or chieftains who offer them refuge and their patronage and protection from prosecution in return for the outlaws' services doing manual work and as assassins in the settlement of old scores in the feuds between chieftains.

Document Number: 19

Document ID: eq02-019

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: For bibliographical references see document 10: [Gísli Pálsson].

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Educator-4

Analyst: John Beierle ; 2002

Coverage Date: ninth-thirteenth centuries

Coverage Place: general Iceland

LCSH: Icelanders

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