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

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Law and literature in medieval Iceland

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Ethnos -- Vol. 57

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication E. Paul Durrenberger

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Early Icelanders (EQ02)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Vocabulary (192); Real property (423); Verbal arts (5310); Ethics (577); Districts (634); Legal norms (671);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 4

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. eq02-004

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 48-49)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2002

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). tenth-thirteenth centuries AD

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) general Iceland

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Icelanders


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