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Viking Law and Order: Places and Rituals of Assembly in the Medieval North

Alexandra Sanmark


Until very recently Viking Age and Old Norse assembly (thing) sites were essentially unknown, apart from a few select sites, such as Thingvellir in Iceland. The Vikings are well-known for their violence and pillage, but they also had a well-organised system for political decision-making, legal cases and conflict resolution. Using archaeological evidence, written sources and place-names, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of their legal system and assembly sites, showing that this formed an integral part of Norse culture and identity, to the extent that the assembly institution was bro ... More

Keywords: Assembly, Viking Age, Old Norse, Scandinavia, Scotland, Iceland, North Atlantic, Ritual, Thingsite

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474402293
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402293.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra Sanmark, author
University of the Highlands and Islands