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

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Until very recently Viking and Norse assembly 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 brought to all Norse settlements.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages320
ISBN (Electronic)9781474402309
ISBN (Print)9781474402293, 9781474445757
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2017



  • Assembly
  • Viking age
  • Old Norse
  • Scandinavia
  • Scotland
  • Iceland
  • North Atlantic
  • Ritual
  • Thingsite

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