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Different strokes: judicial violence in Viking-Age England and Scandinavia

Ruiter, Keith; Ashby, Steven P.


Steven P. Ashby


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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 31, 2019
Journal Viking and Medieval Scandinavia
Print ISSN 1782-7183
Electronic ISSN 2030-9902
Publisher Brepols Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Pages 153-184
Institution Citation Ruiter, K., & Ashby, S. P. (2019). Different strokes: judicial violence in Viking-Age England and Scandinavia. Viking and Medieval Scandinavia, 14, 153-184. doi:10.1484/j.vms.5.116393
Keywords violence, medieval law, punishment, landscape, KnĂștr the Great
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