Laws of Early Iceland

Laws of Early Iceland

Grâagâas, the Codex Regius of Grâagâas, With Material From Other Manuscripts. I

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The laws of Mediaeval Iceland provide detailed and fascinating insight into the society that produced the Icelandic sagas. Known collectively as Gragas (Greygoose), this great legal code offers a wealth of information about early European legal systems and the society of the Middle Ages. This first translation of Gragas is in two volumes.

The laws of Mediaeval Iceland provide detailed and fascinating insight into the society that produced the Icelandic sagas. Known collectively as Gragas (Greygoose), this great legal code offers a wealth of information about early European legal systems and the society of the Middle Ages. This first translation of Gragas is in two volumes.


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The compilation of Icelandic laws--the title translates as Grey Goose, for some reason no one can or will explain--was committed to writing in 1117-1118, and survives in two 13th-century manuscripts. A team of medievalists has translated the difficult text and provided extensive footnotes explaining passages or referring to other sections or notes for comparison. The sections address Christianity, assembly procedure, homicide, wergild, the lawspeaker, and the law council. Excerpts from other sources on the same matters are appended, as well as an English-Icelandic and an Icelandic glossary. There is no index. Distributed in the US by Michigan State University Press. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Winnipeg [Man.] : University of Manitoba Press, 2006, Ă1980 (Saint-Lazare, Quebec : Canadian Electronic Library, 2010)
ISBN: 9780887553332
0887553338
9780887556951
0887556957
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vi, 279 pages : illustrations, maps)
Alternative Title: Grâagâas I

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