Icelandic Laws in Context: Jónsbók and Kristinréttur Árna in the Árni Magnússon Collection
This conference brings together leading scholars in the field of medieval legal history and medieval studies to focus on Jónsbók and Kristinréttr Árna, lawcodes produced for Iceland at the end of the thirteenth century. Both of these texts were copied repeatedly, often together in the same manuscripts, from their promulgation until the end of the Middle Ages. Together, they make up a significant portion of the medieval manuscripts in the Árni Magnússon collection. Relative to saga literature, limited attention has focused on these important texts and their value for understanding the ways that Icelanders adapted to and asserted themselves within wider legal developments in the later Middle Ages. Speakers will give individual papers on specific manuscripts, methods, or contexts. The conference is free and open to all.