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Norsemen Without a King

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Material Information

Title: Norsemen Without a King An Analysis of Executive Authority in the Icelandic Commonwealth
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Cross, James
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2007
Publication Date: 2007

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Medieval
Iceland
Executive Authority
Medieval Law
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This thesis analyzes the effects the Icelandic Commonwealth's (930-1262) unique executive-less government on Iceland as a whole. The thesis accomplishes this through a comparison with contemporary Norway which, while culturally similar, had a strong executive in the form of a king. To this end, it makes extensive reference to various Icelandic family sagas, Icelandic and Norwegian chronicles, and Icelandic and Norwegian law codes. There are two primary conclusions drawn from this analysis. First, the executive-less nature of the Commonwealth resulted in a system under which the Icelanders only enforced laws with clear victims. This allowed legally-restricted groups such as women to flourish despite the letter of the law. However, it also resulted in several dire consequences such as allowing unsavory Icelanders to slay the kinless without legal retribution. Second, though the executive-less system was not directly responsible for the eventual subjugation of the Commonwealth to the Norwegian crown, it did facilitate it by leaving the Icelanders poorly prepared to defend against massive power consolidation of a few private individuals and the Church.
Statement of Responsibility: by James Cross
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2007
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Benes, Carrie

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2007 C9
System ID: NCFE003754:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003754/00001

Material Information

Title: Norsemen Without a King An Analysis of Executive Authority in the Icelandic Commonwealth
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Cross, James
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2007
Publication Date: 2007

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Medieval
Iceland
Executive Authority
Medieval Law
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This thesis analyzes the effects the Icelandic Commonwealth's (930-1262) unique executive-less government on Iceland as a whole. The thesis accomplishes this through a comparison with contemporary Norway which, while culturally similar, had a strong executive in the form of a king. To this end, it makes extensive reference to various Icelandic family sagas, Icelandic and Norwegian chronicles, and Icelandic and Norwegian law codes. There are two primary conclusions drawn from this analysis. First, the executive-less nature of the Commonwealth resulted in a system under which the Icelanders only enforced laws with clear victims. This allowed legally-restricted groups such as women to flourish despite the letter of the law. However, it also resulted in several dire consequences such as allowing unsavory Icelanders to slay the kinless without legal retribution. Second, though the executive-less system was not directly responsible for the eventual subjugation of the Commonwealth to the Norwegian crown, it did facilitate it by leaving the Icelanders poorly prepared to defend against massive power consolidation of a few private individuals and the Church.
Statement of Responsibility: by James Cross
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2007
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Benes, Carrie

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2007 C9
System ID: NCFE003754:00001

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