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Grágás (Icelandic legal code)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 MS ICELANDIC 1
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Grágás (Icelandic legal code)
Date(s): 18th century
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume containing 156 leaves
Name of creator(s): Unknown


Administrative/Biographical history:

Grágás consituted the legal code of medieval Iceland. It was memorized and proclaimed at annual meetings of the national assembly. From the early 12th century scribes made written records of these older laws. Among these manuscripts of medieval Icelandic laws are two known collectively as Grágás (Grey Goose), a title of uncertain origin.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript volume, 18th century, containing Grágás (Laws of the Icelandic Commonwealth).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Icelandic. Minuscule hand.

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Finding aids:

Dorothy K Coveney, A Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of University College London (London, 1935); handlist at University College London Special Collections.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Pressmarks: 130 D 19; 137 G 18. Initials WPK on flyleaf (Professor W P Ker, 1855-1923, Professor of English). The flyleaf also bears the name Jón Erlendsson, perhaps a former owner. Part of the collection formed by John Daulby whilst in Iceland.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Part of the Daulby-Roscoe Collection presented to University College London by Mrs William Caldwell Roscoe.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Source: website Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Aug 2001

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