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A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law

Multiple languages

The LMNL contains over 6000 Nordic headwords, more than 9000 English equivalents and approximately 13,200 cross-references. Where possible the editors have combined related terms in multiple languages under the same headword in order to highlight similarities throughout the Nordic region during the Middle Ages.

The LMNL differs from other reference works, and in particular other lexica, by its presentation of related terms from multiple languages within a single entry in a manner similar to the Kulturhistoriskt lexikon för nordisk medeltid (KLNM).

Material from 25 legal texts

LMNL is built upon 25 legal texts, mainly provincial laws, written in Old Swedish, Old Icelandic, Old Norwegian, Old Danish, Old Gutnish and Old Faroese. Material for the lexicon was taken from editions used in the latest English translations of the oldest medieval Nordic laws, many of which were produced as part of the Medieval Nordic Laws project.

Project members, financier and the website

Project members
Inger Larsson, editor (Old Swedish) Erik Simensen, editor (Old Norwegian)
Ulrika Djärv, editor (Old Swedish, Old Danish) George Ionita, research software engineer
Jeffrey Love, editor (Old Icelandic) Ryan Bloor, database developer
Christine Peel, editor (Old Swedish, Old Gutnish)

Stefan Brink, contributor

Financier: The lexicon is the primary result of a Swedish Research Council grant (2014-2017) and is a direct follow-up to the Medievial Nordic Laws project (MNL), whose translations are currently being published.

About the project in Swedish: 6,6 miljoner till projektet Medieval Nordic Legal Dictionary (MNLD)

The website is run by: The Digital Humanities Institute at Sheffield University, UK.

PDF file and print-on-demand

The LMNL is available to download as a free PDF as well as an print-on-demand version.

Folder Scandinavian Lexicon 2020 (1480 Kb)


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