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After a compelling speach from Þorgeirr the lawspeaker, the people agrees to becoming baptized Christians. Both the new Christian laws and some of the older heathen customs are accepted the Icelandic Althing in 999/1000.


[excerpt from] Íslb ch. 7f

7f. Heathen laws Alongside Christian laws

Þá vas þat mælt í lǫgum, at a...

It was then proclaimed in the...

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Íslendingabók tells the earliest history of the Icelanders, written by Ari Þorgilsson in the early 12th century. At the yearly assembly at the Althing in 999/1000, the questions and disagreements regarding beliefs, custom and law between the Heathens and the Christians creates a disturbance of the peace.


(Contributed by Liv Marit Aurdal.)


Main text: Íslendingabók

Attributes: Sacrifice Horse Assembly Christianity Law Heathen Conversion Baptism

Named things:

Text sections: unattrib Íslb 7fIV


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