Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Fines And Confiscation Of Property

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter aims to show that both during the Middle Ages and after the Reformation, the same categories of sexual crimes were punishable by fines and confiscation of property. The author has documented that adultery and fornication, which together made up approximately 90 percent of sexual crimes, had also been criminalised in the Middle Ages. Regarding incest, the same Christian laws prescribed fines which increased proportionally with the degree of kinship, from third cousins to nieces and nephews. The fines amounted to 1.5 marks for the fourth degree, 3 marks for the third degree and 4.5 marks for the second degree. The average fine demanded for adultery during post-Reformation sixteenth century was 12,5 riksdalers. Terjesen and Bastiansen document that during the seventeenth century there continued to be considerable fluctuation in the amounts of the fines demanded.

Keywords: christian laws; fine; post-reformation sixteenth century; sexual crime



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Sexuality, Law and Legal Practice and the Reformation in Norway — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation