Laws of Early Iceland

Gragas II

Translated by Andrew Dennis & Peter Foote
Categories: Medieval Studies, History, World History, Law & Legal Studies, Legal History
Series: U of M Icelandic Series
Publisher: University of Manitoba Press
Hardcover : 9780887551581, 453 pages, November 2000
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780887552564, 453 pages, November 2000
Ebook (PDF) : 9780887553332, 288 pages, August 1980
Ebook (PDF) : 9780887553349, 453 pages, November 2000
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780887554513, 288 pages, September 2014
Paperback : 9780887556951, 288 pages, January 2007
Paperback : 9780887558320, 472 pages, December 2017

Table of contents


The Codex Regius of Gragas in Translation II
- Table 1 An outline of the Inheritance Sequence
- Inheritance Section
- Dependents Section
- Betrothals Section
- Table 2 Kindred and Affinity
- Land claims Section
- On Hire of Property
- Searches Section
- On Commune Obligations
- Miscellaneous Articles
- On Tithe Payment

Guide to Technical Vocabulary
Annotated Glossary
A Selection of Terms Normally Used as Equivalents
Sources, Editions, Translations, Concordances
Abbreviated Titles
Key to Material Included or Cited from Sources Other Than Konungsbok
Terms and Topics Commented on in Notes to the Translations
Index of Names
Corrigenda et Addenda to Laws I


The laws of Mediaeval Iceland provide detailed and fascinating insight into the society that produced the Icelandic sagas. Known collectively as Gragas (Greygoose), this great legal code offers a wealth of information about early European legal systems and the society of the Middles Ages. This first translation of Gragas is in two volumes.


“An amazing social document … that is the blueprint for an unprecedented social experiment. … An example of scholarship of the highest order.”

- American Journal of Legal History