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In accordance with laws and felony perform from the interval c. 1250-1600 the booklet takes factor with an important viewpoints in previous examine through early modernists: that the Reformation represented a watershed in a improvement characterised by way of better criminalisation of sexual acts, raise within the severity of sentences and deterioration of the placement of ladies. in line with this learn, in precept all or usually all elements have been already in position within the heart a long time. In Norwegian historiography the interval investigated is characterised through paucity of resources, and the interval has tended to fall among stools, respectively the medievalist and the early modernist. The ambition of this publication has been to bridge the space.

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304–305. NgL, 2rk, II, p. 270. 41 Ebbe Hertzberg in NgL, V, p. 208 discusses the terms friðla, frilla, which originally meant a free-born concubine as opposed to an unfree concubine, ambátt. Friðlulífi, friðlulifnaðr, could denote long term cohabitation, but also short term affairs with ‘loose’ women. Regarding the more ‘honourable’ long term relationships in twelfth and thirteenth century Iceland, see Auður Magnúsdóttir, Politik och samlevnad på Island 1120–1400 (Göteborg: Historiska Institutionen, 2001), chapter 2.

The claim that adultery was only criminalised after the Reformation can therefore not be upheld. 17 11 NG § 29, (NgL, II, p. 322); NB § 20, (NgL, II, p. 302); NB II § 24, (NgL, IV, p. 174); L IV 3, (NgL, II, p. 51), Magnus Lagabøters landslov, p. 45. 12 Gunnes, Erkebiskop Øystein, p. 161; Handeland, ‘I lyst og last’, pp. 103–108. 13 G § 32, (NgL, I, pp. 19–20), The Earliest Norwegian Laws, p. 59. 14 See also Kirsti Lyngvær, ‘Kvinner og vold: En undersøkelse av norske middelalderlover’ (unpublished dissertation (hovedoppgave), University of Oslo, 1996), p.

Decree of 1573, see Samling af Gamle Norske Love, 2. Part, p. 368, point 26, cf NgL, III, p. 210. 67 Nils Stubs, p. 119. new laws, old principles 39 was, therefore, well-founded. Procuration, usually called rufferi after the Reformation, was undesirable. 68 Procuration was prohibited throughout the country, as the Norwegian Law of 1604 shows: Er der nogen rufferske, som vil ruffe folck sammen, oc locke nogit barn til ont leffnit, eller oc nogen mands frendkone, oc er der til vidne: da bøde effter 12.

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