The Everyday Life of an Icelandic Outlaw in the Sagas

Early Icelandic jurisdiction had very few methods of punishment for its criminals. Not only were there no prisons, but there was also no person with the power to do something like inflict the death penalty. The main options of punishment were either fines or outlawry. Outlawry was the exclusion of the criminal from society and … More The Everyday Life of an Icelandic Outlaw in the Sagas

The Great Unwashed?

How many times do you hear or see it stated that medieval people hardly ever washed? Is it correct to assume that the men and women of the medieval period restricted bathing to an annual (or even more infrequent) activity, and so smelled almost all of the time? In trying to answer these questions I … More The Great Unwashed?