Assembly Organisation in the Longue Durée: The Scandinavian Thing Institution in its European Context

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to examine the main traits of the Scandinavian þing (thing, assembly) institution, which was in place from the Viking Age onwards, and to demonstrate that this system was not unique, but rather fits into the longstanding assembly traditions identified in both preliterate and literate Germanic societies in Mainland Europe. Even though the written sources are sparse and at times rather problematic, it is demonstrated that the assembly as a form of early government, conflict resolution and court system existed across a wide geographical region and time span.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQuaestiones Medii Aevi Novae
Place of PublicationWarsaw
PublisherSocietas Vistulana
Pages151-173
Number of pages22
Volume23
ISBN (Print)978-83-65548-40-5
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2019

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