IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 130: Borders of the Law in Medieval Norway and Iceland

Monday 6 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:BFS-Project 'Transformations of Medieval Law', Trond Mohn Stiftelse / Universitetet i Bergen
Organiser:Julián Eduardo Valle, Humanistiske Fakultet Universitetet i Bergen
Moderator/Chair:Synnøve Myking, Institutt for lingvistiske, litterære og estetiske studier, Universitetet i Bergen
Paper 130-aNon-Legal Texts in Old Norwegian Law Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Helen F. Leslie-Jacobsen, Institutt for lingvistiske, litterære og estetiske studier, Universitetet i Bergen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 130-bCommon Features in the Design of Medieval Nordic Law Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Stefan Andreas Drechsler, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Christian-Albrecht-Universität zu Kiel
Index terms: Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 130-cLaw Will Tear Us Apart
(Language: English)
Julián Eduardo Valle, Humanistiske Fakultet Universitetet i Bergen
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

In the last quarter of the 13th century, the Norwegian kings Hákon Hákonarson and Magnús Hákonarson extended their authority over the Norse communities in the North Atlantic. This period is characterized by the rich production of legal codes (Landslǫg and Jónsbók, among others) and aimed to create unified legal spaces for the Norwegian Empire. This session proposes an interdisciplinary approach to the development of legal compilations for borderline regions in pre-modern Norway and Iceland, with special emphasis on the production of vernacular legal manuscripts of medieval western Scandinavia. The aim is to illustrate how the conflicts faced by the integration process was manifested in the law.