duleiðr (ON) dulaeiðr (ON) dulareiðr (ON) noun

An umbrella term for oaths given by a defendant and his associates, the latter being witnesses rather than simply compurgators as in a jafnaðareiðr (cf. Js Mah 37) (see jamnaþareþer). In Iceland these oaths usually included one, three, six or twelve men depending on the severity of the charge. At least one scholar has equated the duleiðr to the process of acquittal (ON undanfærsla, see undanfǿrsla).


oath of denial OIce Js Mah 37 Refs:

CV s.v. duleiðr; Fritzner s.v. duleiðr; KLNM s.v.v. edgärdsman, värjemål ; Imsen 2009; ONP s.v.v. dulaeiðr, duleiðr

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

  • http://www.dhi.ac.uk/lmnl/nordicheadword/displayPage/952
    (07/03/2022)