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AM 28 8vo, Codex Runicus, a Danish law manuscript written in runes c.1300
AM 28 8vo, Codex Runicus, a Danish law manuscript written in runes c.1300

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Among the many Danish medieval law manuscripts owned by Arni Magnusson, this is perhaps the most remarkable, being the only one written in runes, the ancient Scandinavian alphabet, which are otherwise known principally from the numerous monumental inscriptions from the Viking Age. The codex, once owned by Ole Worm, contains the Scanian Law, which covered the eastern part of the Danish kingdom, now belonging to Sweden. On the last page of finds two lines of a ballad, the oldest record of Scandinavian secular music extant. The text in red on the image is the rubric or heading of a section of the law text.
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Keywords: medieval Icelandic manuscript Arnamagnaean
Photographer: Suzanne Reitz and Elin Lindhardt Pedersen
Copyright: İ The Arnamagnaean Institute
Date: 26 March 2008
Place: Copenhagen
Country: Denmark

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