Anonymous, Grágás

Sean Lawing (Bryn Athyn College of the New Church)
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Medieval Iceland’s early laws are found in lawbooks collectively known as 



is a vital source for understanding medieval Icelandic society. It provides unique insights not only into the functioning of Iceland’s legal system, but also into the culture, values, attitudes, and beliefs of medieval Icelanders whose lives were shaped by its laws. 


 has served as a basis for numerous anthropological, sociological, literary, and historical investigations of medieval Iceland and Scandinavia. Particularly effective are studies which make comparative use of 


 and Icelandic sagas, which were composed roughly contemporaneously with chief manuscripts of 


, in order to draw conclusions about life in Iceland during the Viking Age and into the…

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Citation: Lawing, Sean. "Grágás". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 October 2023 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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