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Copyright

Jeffrey Love; Inger Larsson; Ulrika Djärv; Christine Peel; Erik Simensen

Published On

2020-06-19

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-815-0
Hardback978-1-78374-816-7
PDF978-1-78374-817-4
HTML978-1-80064-600-1
XML978-1-78374-820-4
EPUB978-1-78374-818-1
MOBI978-1-78374-819-8

Language

  • English

Print Length

586 pages (vi+580)

Dimensions

Paperback210 x 30 x 273 mm(8.25" x 1.19" x 10.75")
Hardback210 x 32 x 273 mm(8.25" x 1.25" x 10.75")

Weight

Paperback2804g (98.91oz)
Hardback3415g (120.46oz)

OCLC Number

1203548337

LCCN

2020447188

BIC

  • 1DN
  • 2ACS
  • LAQ
  • LAF
  • CFM

BISAC

  • REF000000
  • LAW000000
  • REF008000
  • FOR022000

LCC

  • KJC544.6
  • L38 2020

Keywords

  • Lexicon
  • Medieval Nordic Law
  • medieval Scandinavia
  • vernacular legal terminology
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A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law

  • Jeffrey Love (author)
  • Inger Larsson (author)
  • Ulrika Djärv (author)
  • Christine Peel (author)
  • Erik Simensen (author)
'A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law' is an indispensable resource for scholars and students of medieval Scandinavia. This polyglot dictionary draws on the vast and vibrant range of vernacular legal terminology found in medieval Scandinavian texts – terminology which yields valuable insights into the quotidian realities of crime and retribution; the processes, application and execution of laws; and the cultural and societal concerns underlying the development and promulgation of such laws.

Legal texts constitute an unparalleled – and often untapped – source of information for those studying the literature, languages and history of medieval and Viking Age Scandinavia. The Lexicon is a welcome contribution to the study of medieval Scandinavia on two counts: firstly, it makes accessible a wealth of vernacular historical documents for an English-speaking audience. Secondly, it presents legal terminologies that span the languages and geographies of medieval Scandinavia, drawing on twenty-five legal texts composed in Old Swedish, Old Icelandic, Old Norwegian, Old Danish, Old Gutnish and Old Faroese. By collating and juxtaposing legal terms, the Lexicon thus offers its readers a fascinating, comprehensive window into the legal milieu of medieval Scandinavia as a unified whole.

It is in this respect that A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law differs from the other major lexica that came before it: where relevant, it gathers closely related terms from multiple Nordic languages beneath single headwords within single entries. This approach illuminates the differences (and similarities) in usage of specific lexical items and legal concepts across geographic areas and through time.

This dictionary contains over 6000 Nordic headwords, and is laid out as a standard reference work. It is easily navigable, with a clear structure to each entry, providing English equivalents; textual references; phrases in which headwords frequently appear; cross-references to aid readers in locating synonyms or cognate terms within the lexicon; and references to published works. Roughly one quarter of the headwords supply semantic analysis and detailed information on the textual and historical contexts within which a term might appear, which help the reader to engage with the broader legal concepts underlying specific terms. The Lexicon is thus designed to provide its readers not only with succinct single definitions of Norse legal terms, but with a sense of the wider Scandinavian legal landscape and worldview within which these concepts were developed.

A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law is an ongoing project with a digital counterpart (https://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/) created within the department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism at Stockholm University. It is part of the wider ‘Medieval Nordic Laws’ project based at the University of Aberdeen.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, the Magnus Bergvalls Stiftelse and the Stiftelsen Konung Gustaf VI Adolfs fond för svensk kultur have generously contributed to this publication.

Endorsements

A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law is a fantastic resource for scholars and students of Scandinavian law, Old Norse literature, and medieval and Viking Age Scandinavian history and society. The product of first-rate international specialist scholarship, the material provided in printed and online form will greatly increase the understanding of a difficult subject and will prevent many errors of ignorance and guesswork.

Dr Elizabeth Ashman Rowe

University of Cambridge

Reviews

'A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law' is an invaluable asset for any scholar researching laws and legal culture in medieval Scandinavia. Moreover, the fact that it is an open access publication with an English-language section means that it is readily available and easy to use by anyone with an interest in the period too.

Dr Beñat Elortza Larrea, University of Gothenburg

"Medieval Scandinavia: Assemblies, Law-Giving and Language". Medievalists.net,

Full Review

Contents

Introduction

(pp. 1–14)
  • Jeffrey Love
  • Christine Peel
  • Inger Larsson
  • Ulrika Djärv
  • Erik Simensen
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0188.01

Nordic to English

(pp. 15–404)
  • Jeffrey Love
  • Erik Simensen
  • Inger Larsson
  • Ulrika Djärv
  • Christine Peel
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0188.02

English to Nordic

(pp. 405–518)
  • Christine Peel
  • Jeffrey Love
  • Ulrika Djärv
  • Erik Simensen
  • Inger Larsson
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0188.03

Appendix A: Administrative, Judicial and Fiscal Subdivisions

(pp. 519–524)
  • Inger Larsson
  • Ulrika Djärv
  • Erik Simensen
  • Jeffrey Love
  • Christine Peel
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0188.04

Appendix B: Agriculture and Forestry

(pp. 525–536)
  • Jeffrey Love
  • Christine Peel
  • Inger Larsson
  • Ulrika Djärv
  • Erik Simensen
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0188.05

Appendix C: Borders, Boundaries and Boundary Markers

(pp. 537–540)
  • Jeffrey Love
  • Christine Peel
  • Inger Larsson
  • Ulrika Djärv
  • Erik Simensen
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0188.06

Appendix D1: The Monetary System

(pp. 541–542)
  • Inger Larsson
  • Ulrika Djärv
  • Erik Simensen
  • Jeffrey Love
  • Christine Peel
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0188.07

Appendix D2: Weights and Measures

(pp. 543–546)
  • Inger Larsson
  • Ulrika Djärv
  • Erik Simensen
  • Jeffrey Love
  • Christine Peel
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0188.08

Appendix E: Kinship

(pp. 547–548)
  • Jeffrey Love
  • Inger Larsson
  • Ulrika Djärv
  • Christine Peel
  • Erik Simensen
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0188.09

Appendix F: Calendar of Church Feast and Fast Days

(pp. 549–554)
  • Jeffrey Love
  • Inger Larsson
  • Ulrika Djärv
  • Christine Peel
  • Erik Simensen
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0188.10

Contributors

Jeffrey Love

(author)
Postdoctoral position at The Arnamagnæan Institute at University of Copenhagen

Inger Larsson

(author)
Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism at Stockholm University

Ulrika Djärv

(author)
PhD in Scandinavian Languages, Lexicography at Stockholm University

Christine Peel

(author)
PhD in Scandinavian Studies at University College London

Erik Simensen

(author)
Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at University of Oslo