frilla (OSw) friðla (ON) noun

A (free) woman living with a man without them being married. The church acted against these relationships (OSw YVgL). The woman could gain status of legal wife after 20 years (ONorw GuL). Children were not called horbarn (‘children born in adultery’) and there existed varying rights to mutual paternal inheritance.

concubine ONorw FrL KrbB 11
ONorw GuL Arb
OSw ÖgL Äb
OSw VmL Äb
OSw YVgL Kkb

mistress (2) ONorw FrL KrbB 13 Refs:

Dübeck 2012; Ebel 1993; KLNM s.v. slegfred; ONP s.v. friðla

  • ‘frilla’. A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law.