• Jillanne

    Wow! Who to root for? Who to cheer for? Native Americans or the baddest badass Princess yet? The Norse preggers princess of course!!

  • myopinion

    bare her chest? 0.o im sure that’s still worked

  • Hugsie Muffinball

    They made it inland as far as Minnesota. Talk that the kensington runestone is a hoax or forgery is damned lies spread by heathen Wisconsinites and I will cave their slanderous cheeseheads in with a randonee ski if they say otherwise.

  • Arimathean

    “Why would Eirik have to torture people to get information, when he could have just ordered them to tell him?”

    In some ancient cultures, torture was a routine part of the interrogation of slaves, and this might have extended to servants, retainers, and other lackeys. The assumption was that the slave would be loyal and refuse to inform on his master. But a little torture (and the implicit threat of more) relieved the slave of blame for talking, giving him blanket immunity from retaliation by his master.

  • Jason Porath

    Oh interesting! That makes sense. Do you have a source I could look at to learn more? Thank you!

  • Arimathean

    I lost most of my library in a fire last year. But a quick internet search turned up “New Frontiers: Law and Society in the Roman World”, pp. 58-60, which is available on Google Books. One footnote said the testimony of a slave against his master was considered invalid without torture. I suppose that was intended to prevent slaves from informing on their masters, which could have undermined the whole institution of slavery. Most of the relevant references I found concerned ancient Greek and Roman culture. (Using the word “torture” as a search term turned up some pretty sick non-relevant links.)

  • Jason Porath

    Thank you! :D

  • HappyFett

    It’s been a while since I studied Roman Law, but the invalidity of slave testimony obtained without torture was a definite. The big book of Roman Law is the Corpus Iuris Civilis, a compendium of laws and juristic opinions collected under the orders of – top of my head – Justinian, which was rediscovered in about the fifteenth century and became the basis of just about every European civil legal code apart from that of Britain.

    I’ve never come across anything similar in Norse civil law, but then the Tripos doesn’t have a Norse Law module.

  • Alexandra Preston

    *Here* is my second vote for the Norse preggers princess :-P
    (The Greenlanders saga, however, is not the worst example of Christian propaganda. That “award” goes to the terrifying results you get from image-searching “accelerated christian education propaganda”. Don’t, actually)