Durrenberger, E. Paul, 1943-. Law and literature in medieval Iceland

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Title: Law and literature in medieval Iceland

Published in: Ethnos -- Vol. 57

Published By: Ethnos -- Vol. 57 Stockholm: The Museum of the Peoples, [etc.], 1992. 31-49 p.

By line: E. Paul Durrenberger

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

Culture: Early Icelanders (EQ02)

Subjects: Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Vocabulary (192); Real property (423); Verbal arts (5310); Ethics (577); Districts (634); Legal norms (671);

Abstract: Medieval Iceland was a stratified society without a state to enforce differential access to resources. Like other stateless societies its law defined private rather than public delicts. It did so in terms of the concepts of individual holiness, inviolateness, and ways one could lose holiness by violating other people's holiness. This concept was central to notions of honor. As the institutional structure collapsed, so did concepts of honor. Icelanders recorded their law and sagas about their past and the 13th century as a response to these changes (p. 31).

Document Number: 4

Document ID: eq02-004

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4

Analyst: John Beierle ; 2002

Coverage Date: tenth-thirteenth centuries A.D.

Coverage Place: general Iceland

LCSH: Icelanders


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