löskalæghi (OSw) lönskalæghe (OSw) noun

Literally ‘secret laying’ referring to illegal sexual relations between unmarried people. The man had to compensate the woman’s kin, with the woman herself receiving nothing. In OSw YVgL, a criminal offence only if the woman got pregnant, or if the wrongdoers were caught in the act, and it was explicitly a violation of ecclesiastical law, demanding confession and penance on top of the compensation paid. OSw HL made no real distinction between löskalæghi and hor (q.v.); any man who seduced another man’s mother or daughter was to pay compensation to the aggrieved party as well as a fine to the king and to the community.


fornication OSw HL Äb
OSw KrL Kgb
OSw MEL Kgb
OSw SdmL Äb
OSw YVgL Kkb

illicit relationship OSw DL Gb
OSw UL Kkb, Äb, Mb
OSw VmL Äb

out of wedlock OSw KrL Gb
OSw MEL Gb
OSw MESt Gb
Refs:

Hertzberg s.v. legorð; KLNM s.v.v. lejermål, ægteskabsbrud; Schlyter s.v. löskalæghi

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

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/3371
    (04/15/2024)