Property and Virginity: The Christianization of Marriage in Medieval Iceland, 1200-1600

Property and Virginity: The Christianization of Marriage in Medieval Iceland, 1200-1600

Property and Virginity: The Christianization of Marriage in Medieval Iceland, 1200-1600

Property and Virginity: The Christianization of Marriage in Medieval Iceland, 1200-1600

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The idea for this study came during the winter of 1992 to 1993, when I was living in Grenoble in France, mostly taking care of my first born son and finishing a book on gender relations in Iceland in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. As a result of Sverre Bagge’s encouraging response to my initial drafts of the present work, I decided to apply for a Research Fellowship from the Norwegian Council of Science. I was aware of course that being abroad when writing the application and having Icelandic citizenship might limit my chances of success, so needless to say I was overjoyed when, just before Christmas 1993, I received a letter from the Council granting the fellowship. Therefore my deep gratitude must go to Norges forskningråd (the Norwegian Council of Science), for their support of this project, and for having previously given me a one-year student scholarship during my stay in Bergen from 1989 to 1990.

Secondly, my sincere thanks to the University of Oslo, which also partly funded this project. Particular thanks are due to the History Department, which provided my workplace from 1994 to 1997.

Other institutions that have given support to the project are: Arnamagnæanske Samling (the Arnamagnæan Institute) in Copenhagen, Senter for Universitet og Høyskole samarbeid med Frankrige (the Norwegian-French collaboration of Universities), Fondet for DanskNorsk Samarbejde (the Danish-Norwegian Collaboration Foundation) and Aarhus Universitets Forskningsfond (Aarhus University Research Foundation). I wish to thank all of them for their support.

I started work on this project under the doctoral program of the University of Oslo in 1994, and worked on the project while also teaching . . .

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