or the Westrogothic law
is the oldest Swedish
text written in Latin script
and the oldest of all Swedish provincial laws
. It was compiled in the early 13th century and is known to have been the code of law
used in the province of Västergötland
(West Gothland) during the latter half of that century. The earliest complete text is dated 1281. Small fragments of an older text have been dated 1250.
This legal code exists in two versions, Äldre Västgötalagen
and Yngre Västgötalagen
(the Elder and Younger Westrogothic law, respectively). A first printing in modern times was published by Hans Samuel Collin and Carl Johan Schylter in 1827, and a new edition by Gösta Holm in 1976.
A contemporarily current list of Christian Swedish kings, added as an appendix to the oldest manuscript of Äldre Västgötalagen
, was written by a priest called Laurentius in Vedum
(same province) around 1325, his source being unknown. It begins with Olof Skötkonung
and ends with Johan Sverkersson
.). Based of the edition of Collin and Schlyter. Hosted by the University of Lund
. See Beckman, Natanael (S1886): Medeltidslatin bland skaradjäknar 1943:1 s. 3.
- Collin, H. S. and C. J. Schlyter (eds), Corpus iuris Sueo-Gotorum antiqui: Samling af Sweriges gamla lagar, på Kongl. Maj:ts.......