Ancient Laws and Institutes of England: Volume 1, Containing the Secular Laws

Ancient Laws and Institutes of England: Volume 1, Containing the Secular Laws : Comprising Laws Enacted under the Anglo-Saxon Kings from Aethelbirht to Cnut

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Originally published for the Record Commissioners in 1840, this two-volume work remains a standard source for scholars of Anglo-Saxon and early Norman legal history. Benjamin Thorpe (1781?-1870) was a respected and prolific scholar and translator of Old English, whose publications in the field earned him a civil list pension in 1835. Trained in Copenhagen under Rasmus Rask, Thorpe advocated a scientific approach to philology, and this is reflected in the thoroughness of the notes, commentary, and concordance appended to the sources reprinted here. The preface to the text places the laws in their historical and geographical context, notes where there are unavoidable gaps in the evidence, and offers a descriptive analysis of the original documents. Volume 1 contains the secular laws issued from the reign of 'thelberht to that of Henry I, with a parallel translation of the Anglo-Saxon text, although the sources in Latin and French remain more

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Table of contents

Preface; List of manuscripts and printed books; Anglo-Saxon Laws: 1. The laws of King 'thelbirht; 2. The laws of Kings Hlothhaere and Eadric; 3. The laws of King Wihtraed; 4. The laws of King Alfred; 5. The laws of King Ine; 6. Alfred and Guthrum's peace; 7. The laws of King Edward; 8. The laws of Edward and Guthrum; 9. Of Wers; 10. Of oaths; 11. Of Wer-gilds; 12. Of Mercian law; 13. Ranks; 14. The laws of King 'thelstan; 15. The laws of King Edmund; 16. The laws of King Edgar; 17. The laws of King Ethelred; 18. Ordinance respecting the 'Dun-setas'; 19. The laws of King Cnut; 20. Rectitudines singularum personarum; 21. Leges Regis Edwardi Confessoris; 22. The laws of King William the Conqueror; 23. Leges Regis Henrici Primi; Notes on the laws ascribed to King Henry I; Additional remarks; Table of concordance; more