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King Magnus Lagabøter's National Law of Norway; Norway, 1300-1499

Name
Kålund, Kristian Peter Erasmus 
Birth
19 August 1844 
Death
04 July 1919 
Occupation
Librarian, scholar 
Roles
Scholar 
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LATIN SMALL LETTER J WITH ACUTELATIN SMALL LETTER J WITH ACUTE

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Name
Árni Magnússon 
Birth
13 November 1663 
Death
07 January 1730 
Occupation
Professor, Arkivsekretær (Secretary of the Royal Archives) 
Roles
Scholar; Author; Scribe; Poet 
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LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH CURLLATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH CURL

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LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH DOUBLE ACUTELATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH DOUBLE ACUTE

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Name
Wedervang-Jensen, Eva 
Birth
26 March 1974 
Occupation
 
Roles
Cataloguer 
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Contents

1(1r-46r)
King Magnus Lagabøter's National LawBorgarþingslǫg
Note

All law texts are without Tables of Contents.

Language of Text

Icelandic

Keywords
1.1(1r-2v:9)
Section of National DefenceLandvarnarbǫlkr
Incipit

þa skal hann kalla til sín granna sína

Explicit

“þa | hæta loken þoft giold.”

Keywords
1.2(2v:9-11r:8)
Section of Protection by the LawMannhelgarbǫlkr
Rubric

“her hæfr up manhælghi vara”

Incipit

ÞET ER fyst i manhælgi vare at uar lande | huer J noregs konongsriki skal fridhæilagr vera

Explicit

“oc | a hon æígí ser bonda.”

Keywords
1.3(11r:8-16v:28)
Section of HeritageArvebǫlkr
Rubric

“her hæfr ærfda tal J fyrstu m kuen |na giftingum

Incipit

Faðer ok moðer skulu rada giftíngum dóttra | sínna

Explicit

“mandropp uarðer af sakar ofmyklar dryckíu.”

Keywords
1.4(16v:28-20v:19)
Section of Appropriation of Inherited Real EstateÓðalsbrigðabǫlkr
Rubric

“her hæfuær oðals brigði huerir fylgia ær

Incipit

Nv skifta bródr tuæir eða flæíri | oðalom sínum

Explicit

“alt þæt sæm i kaup þærra kom.”

Keywords
1.5(20v:19-36v:25)
Section of Leasing of LandLandsleigubǫlkr
Rubric

“hæfr landz læigu bolk | ok sæger huerso madr | skal iord ta|ka”

Incipit

EN EF madr uil annars | manz iord læigha vndir | bu sit

Explicit

“en halft sa er iord a huat dyri sæm þæt err.”

Keywords
1.6(36v:25-42r:22)
Section of TradingKaupabǫlkr
Rubric

“heʀ | hæfuer | kaupa | bolk ok | sæger er | madr|ker m

Incipit

ÞET ER nu þuí nest at uar skal ængi | firer aðrum taka

Explicit

“er sæckr mork silfrs vit konong | er han væit þæt.”

Keywords
1.7(42r:22-44v:8)
Section of TheftÞjófabǫlkr
Rubric

“her hæfr þiofua bolkr. ok sæger | J fyrsta | capitulum

Incipit

ÞET er nu þ at uar skal ængí | fra aðrum stela.

Explicit

“sæm | konongs er miskun til.”

Keywords
1.8(44v:8-46r)
PenaltiesRéttarbótar
Rubric

“Rettar bótr þær sæm hakon konongr gaf”

Incipit

ÞESSAR rettar bótr gaf hakon konongr sun hako|nar konongs sunar sun suerris konongs allum | Gula þings monnum.

Explicit

“Late gud os hæila skiliaz ok sua fínnaz. AMEN”

Bibliography

Keyser and Munch, Norges gamle Love vol. II p. 174-178 Ed. Bg

Keywords
2(46v)
Borgarþingslǫg: Kristinn réttr hinn nýi
Language of Text

Icelandic

Keywords
2.1(46v:1-9)
On Wedding (from Borgarþingslǫg), Chapter 24
Rubric

“Ner Bryløp ma øra med laghom”

Incipit

Engjn tima er forbodhet kono eller møø

Explicit

“huor som thet brudlaup sither”

Bibliography

Storm, Norges gamle Love vol. IV p. 174 Ed. D

Keywords
2.2(46v:10-35)
On Wedding (from Borgarþingslǫg), Chapter 25
Incipit

Item ner brudlaup ma gøra

Explicit

“oc til sannindhn her vm etc.

Bibliography

Storm, Norges gamle Love vol. IV p. 174-175 Footnote 12, ed. D

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Physical Description

Support

Parchment.

No. of leaves
46. 193 mm x 160 mm.
Foliation

The manuscript is foliated in red ink in the lower margins by Kristian Kålund.

Collation

The book starts in gathering V:

  • V: only the two final leaves are extant.
  • VI: originally six leaves; the second leaf which was originally blank is cut out.
  • VII: six leaves.
  • VIII: originally six leaves, the third and fourth leaves are missing.
  • IX: originally six leaves; the fifth leaf which was originally blank is cut out.
  • X: originally six leaves; the second leaf which was originally blank is cut out.
  • XI: six leaves.
  • XII: six leaves.
  • XIII: one leaf.
  • XIV: six leaves.
Some gatherings have been numbered with Roman numerals on the first page of each gathering (vi, vííí, x, xíj and xííj can now be seen).

Layout

Written in long lines throughout with 23 to 33 lines per page. Rubrics in red; the initials of the law sections are in red and green; the chapter initials are red or (occasionally) green/red. On fol. 43v there is a light brown/red initial.

Script

The entire manuscript is written in a Gothic bookhand.

A later hand has written fol. 46v and the marginal notes.

Additions

On fol. 44r, below the text, the writer has added: “Huer sæm þessa bok a þa bidi firer sæm ritaðe hona. | Qui pro alio orat prosemet ipse laborat.”

There are also marginala written by the second hand. These are, however, defect due to trimming.

Binding

The book was once bound in an old sea chart (parchment) on which the words “ASIAE PARS” can be seen.

Accompanying Material

There is an AM-slip in Árni Magnússon's hand saying: “F. er Gulaþings Logbok eda Borgarþings Logbok (þvi þat stendr so a vixl ï | bokini) Bokin er a membrana i 4to. ei illa skrifud. vantar miked | framan vid. hana hefi eg feinged | af Jone Þorsteinssyni.”

History

Origin

The manuscript was written in Norway. Jón Sigurðsson (Diplomatarium Islandicum vol. I p. xxii, 648) and Storm (Norges gamle Love vol. IV p. 557) have both dated the original part of the manuscript (fols 1r-46r) to c. 1350, whereas Kålund (Katalog vol. I p. 381) dates it to the fourteenth century. The text on fol. 46v has been dated to c. 1450 by Storm (ibid) and to the fifteenth century by Kålund (ibid).

Acquisition

On the AM-slip Árni Magnússon states that he got the manuscript from a Jón Þorsteinsson.

Additional

Record History

Catalogued 3 May 2006 by EW-J.

Availability

Accessible for use.

Surrogates

digital CD no 11 10 May 2005 Photograph of the old binding (a sea chart).

Bibliography

AuthorTitleEditorScope
Magnus Laga-BæterMagnus Konongs Laga-Bæters Gula-things-laug: ex manuscriptis Legati Arna-Magnæani - Gulaþingslögp. 106:11-122
Norges gamle Love indtil 1387ed. P. A. Munch, ed. R. Keyser1848; II
Norges gamle Love indtil 1387ed. Gustav Storm1885; IV
Diplomatarium Islandicum: Íslenzkt fornbréfasafn, sem hefir inni að halda bréf og gjörnínga, dóma og máldaga, og aðrar skrár, er snerta Ísland eða Íslenzka menned. Jón Sigurðsson1857-1972; I-XVI
Katalog over Den Arnamagnæanske Håndskriftsamlinged. Kristian KålundI: p. 381
2005
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