Icelandic Gragas Law Code of AD 1250

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This Icelandic writing on vellum dates from about AD 1250 and is part of the Gragas Law Code. The artifact is on display in the Icelandic National Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland.

“All men are prescribed by law to provide for those who cannot feed or clothe themselves, supporting them of either their own means or labor. Those who have no such support shall be conveyed to the commune in which their heir resides, if second cousin or closer.”

And here we are 767 years later in a free-for-all death spiral of greed and indifference.

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