DIFFERENT STROKES: JUDICIAL VIOLENCE IN VIKING-AGE ENGLAND AND SCANDINAVIA

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JournalViking and Medieval Scandinavia
DateAccepted/In press - 16 Oct 2018
DatePublished (current) - 31 Dec 2018
Volume18
Pages (from-to)153-184
Original languageEnglish

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Abstract: This paper takes a fresh look at the use of judicial violence in the societies of Viking-Age England and Scandinavia. Using interdisciplinary methodologies, it considers legal, historical, literary, and archaeological evidence for judicially-prescribed maiming and execution. Using this evidence, it describes the English and Scandinavian systems of judicial violence in new detail, reflecting on important aspects of each in turn before turning to a more comparative approach to redirect debate and focus future work.

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