horbarn (OSw) horbarn (ODan) hórbarn (ON) noun

Children conceived in adultery were distinguished from children conceived in other types of pre- and extramarital relations. The definition differed, but the parents were generally in a clandestine relation or had some prerequisite of a legal marriage missing. In OIce and OSw, they could be legitimatized if their parents married. Their right to parental inheritance varied; in OIce they were far down the line of prospective heirs, and in ODan they were explicitly excluded from paternal inheritance, while in OSw laws they were excluded from any inheritance.


bastard OSw ÄVgL Äb
OSw YVgL Äb

child born in adultery ODan JyL 1
OSw UL Äb

child of adulterers OSw KrL Äb
OSw MEL Äb
OSw MESt Äb

child of adultery ONorw MLL Mah 17
OSw HL Äb

illegitimate child OIce Mah 17 Refs:

Agnes Arnórsdóttir and Thyra Nors 1999; KLNM s.v. oäkta barn; Tamm and Vogt, eds, 2016, 301

Citation
  • ‘horbarn’. A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law.

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/2229
    (06/13/2024)