Althing and Tynwald

From: John Cowan (cowan@mercury.ccil.org)
Date: Fri Aug 15 2003 - 22:47:18 EDT

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    Philippe Verdy scripsit:

    > I thought it was in Iceland...

    The Al■ingi was founded in 930, shortly after Iceland was settled.
    In 1262, after the reception of Norwegian authority, it became mostly
    the Icelandic high court, and the last vestige of legislative function
    vanished in 1662. In 1800 it was abolished and not refounded until 1845.
    It did not regain legislative authority until 1874.

    The Tynwald Court of the Isle of Man, however, has functioned continuously
    as a legislative assembly since at least 979. (The name "Tynwald"
    is also Norse in origin: ■ingvollr 'assembly field'.)

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