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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Durrenberger, E. Paul, 1943-
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
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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);
Real property (423);
Verbal arts (5310);
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).
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 48-49)
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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
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
John Beierle ; 2002
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tenth-thirteenth centuries AD
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