IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 131: Medieval Nordic Laws: Customary Law and Legislation

Monday 1 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Medieval Nordic Laws Project
Organiser:Michael H. Gelting, Centre for Scandinavian Studies King's College University of Aberdeen 24 High Street OLD ABERDEEN AB24 3EB
Moderator/Chair:Bertil Nilsson, Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion, Göteborgs Universitet
Paper 131-aCustomary Law in the Medieval Danish Law-Books?
(Language: English)
Michael H. Gelting, Centre for Scandinavian Studies King's College University of Aberdeen 24 High Street OLD ABERDEEN AB24 3EB
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Law, Literacy and Orality, Social History
Paper 131-bThe Cook in Medieval Norwegian Law on the Organisation of the Leiðang
(Language: English)
Jan Ragnar Hagland, Department of Scandinavian Studies, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Law, Social History
Paper 131-cNonsense-in-Law: An Impossible Morning Gift in the Swedish Hälsinge Law
(Language: English)
Lisa Collinson, Medieval Nordic Laws / Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Law, Social History
Abstract

By translating and commenting all of the medieval Nordic law-books, the Medieval Nordic Laws Project offers a unique opportunity to reflect on some of the major questions that have been raised about the origins of these legal texts. To what extent did they embody traditional, orally transmitted custom? To what extent did they represent new legislation? This session is intended to present a few of the different ways in which these problems may be approached.