Norse Mythology — divorce

The Vikings and divorce

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divorce among Vikings The Vikings were unique among the peoples of medieval Europe because of the extensive legal provisions for divorce. Even after Christianity became an accepted religion in Scandinavia, divorce continued to be a widespread custom in the North, socially acting as a safety valve for those whose marriages were arranged for the benefit of their families instead of the optimal happiness of marital union. Divorce allowed an unhappy couple to separate and try again with new partners, before resentments could develop into hatred that could lead to quarrels...