xiv, 300 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
9781107084919 hardback 1107084911 hardback 9781107446892 paperback 1107446899 paperback
Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought ; 4th ser., 104.
"The barbarian law codes, compiled between the sixth to eighth centuries, were copied remarkably frequently in the Carolingian ninth century. They provide crucial evidence for early medieval society, including the settlement of disputes, the nature of political authority, literacy, and the construction of ethnic identities. Yet it has proved extremely difficult to establish why the codes were copied in the ninth century, how they were read, and how their rich evidence should be used. Thomas Faulkner tackles these questions more systematically than ever before, proposing new understandings of the relationship between the making of law and royal power, and the reading of law and the maintenance of ethnic identities. Faulkner suggests major reinterpretations of central texts, including the Carolingian law codes, the capitularies adding to the laws, and Carolingian revisions of earlier barbarian and Roman laws. He also provides detailed analysis of legal manuscripts, especially those associated with the 'leges-scriptorium'"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-292) and index. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction; 1. The minor leges part 1. Problems, background, Lex Ribuaria, ad Amorem; 2. The minor leges part 2. Saxony and the Lex Saxonum; 3. The additional capitularies; 4. The reading of normative texts: Benedictus Levita and Regino; 5. The manuscripts of the 'leges-scriptorium'; Conclusion; Editions; Bibliography; Index.
KJ320 .F38 2016
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016.