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.
|Publisher||Edinburgh University Press|
|Number of pages||320|
|ISBN (Print)||9781474402293, 9781474445757|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Jul 2017|
- Viking age
- Old Norse
- North Atlantic
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