Would you like more about medieval childhood and life? The
exhibition Miserabiles personae tells about life in the time of
King Magnus the Lawmender's Code of 1274, Norway's first national
law, and the first law to admit judicial protection and rights to
the unfortunate and underprivileged.
Come and experience an exiting exhibition for children and
This exhibition tells about growing up and living in medieval
times, and how King Magnus the Lawmender's innovative Code of 1274
changed established society. It was the first common code for the
entire country, and thus gave stronghold to the power of the King
and state, but it was also a social game changer - it offered
protection and admitted rights to the formerly unprotected groups
Introducing the idea of common rights for all into the code was
revolutionary in 1274, but this idea, and the values that support
it, is at the very foundation of our modern welfare state. Magnus
the Lawmender's Code is also one of the first national codes we
know of in Europe. This Code thus gives Norway a prominent place in
judicial history, and can be said to have strongly contributed to
society as we know it.
In the exhibition you also meet Sigurd Brynjulvsson Aga, who
owned the estate Aga and lived in the oldest building in Agatunet,
the Legist's house from 1220. Sigurd was a knight, councilman to
the king, and legist. He belonged to a powerful elite with strong
connection to central power, that was occupied with putting the new
ideas and code into practice. His status bears witness to the
strong position of Hardanger and Aga in medieval times.
Miserabiles personae is a travelling exhibition curated by The
Norwegian Children's Museum, in cooperation with The National Code
Project 2014-2024, and the University of Bergen.
We also display works inspired by the Code of 1274, by artist