Skarðsbók Jónsbókar


Skarðsbók Jónsbókar is an exquisitely illuminated vellum of Iceland‘s primary law book during the middle ages. Jónsbók superseded the law-code Járnsíða (‘ironside’) which Magnus VI of Norway had composed for Iceland, in 1281, and was the most read document in Iceland for centuries.

Skarðsbók Jónsbókar was written down in 1363 and is the most ornate of all Icelandic manuscripts, and ranks with the most beautiful Icelandic medieval vellums.

Skarðsbók Jónsbókar was preserved in Copenhagen from the 17th century, up until 1975, when it was returned to Iceland.