Germanic Law

Germanic Law

Early Germanic Law and Early Law Codes

For a general account of early germanic law, see here.

Early Law Codes

This includes:
The Ripuarian Law: Inheritance of Allodial Land, c. 450
Law of the Salian Franks
Law of The Visigoths: Succession to Inheritance, c. 475
The Lombard Law of Rothari: Succession of Legitimate and Natural Sons, c. 643
Cain Adamnain: An Old-Irish Treatise on the Law of Adamnan
The Jews of Spain and the Visigothic Code, 654-681 CE
The Visigothic Code (Forum iudicum) ed. and trans. by S.P. Scott (Print edition: Boston Book Company, 1910)[At Libro]
King Harald Harfager of Norway (r. 860-930): Laws for Land Property
Formulas Concerning Ordeals
Ordeal of Boiling Water, 12th or 13th Century.

Carolingian Law

For information on carolingian canon law, see here.

Carolingian law includes:
Capitulary of Lestinnes: Appropriation of Church Property for Military Purposes, 743
Capitulary for Saxony, c.775-790
Capitulary of Herstal, 779
Capitulary of Mantua, 781
Capitulary of Paderbon, 785
Synod of Frankfort, 794
Capitulary of Frankfort: The Price of Staples, 794
General Capitulary of the Missi, 802
Charlemagne: Letter to Baugulf of Fulda
Capitulary of 802
Capitulary De Villis, 9th century
Charlemagne: Limits on Passage of Merchants, c. 805-809
Charlemagne: Prohibitions on Transactions, – 803-806
Charlemagne: Capitulary for the Jews, 814
Capitulary of Aachen: Payments on Tributary and Taxable Land, 817
Carolingian Capitularies on Serfs & Coloni, 803-821
Louis the Pious: Duties of the Coloni, 817
Monetary Regulations of the Carolingians, 750-817
Charles the Bald: Edict of Pistes, 864
One of the most complete Carolingian documents on the regulation of coinage and mints.

“Feudal” Law

This includes:
Burchard of Worms: Lex Familie Wormatiensis. c.1025, trans Steve Lane [] An internal law for the dependents of the bishop of Worms, written mostly to settle disputes and feuds.
Agreement between Count William V of Aquitaine and Hugh IV of Lusignan
John of Ibelin: Account of a Plea, 1198, The earliest documented instance of an appeal to the Assise sur la ligece.
Modus Faciendi Homagium & Fidelitatem (The Manner of Doing Homage & Fealty), c. 1275
English common law document.
Charters relating to Judicial Duels, 11th – 12th Century, trans. Richard Barton
Duel between Engelardus and the monks of Saint-Serge of Angers, c.1100
Abbots Daibert and Otbrannus prevent a battle between their monks, 27 and 28 April, 1064
Trouble between St Martin of Tours and Holy Cross of Talmont leads to a judicial battle, 1098
Abbot Robert of Mont-Saint-Michel seeks the right to determine where duels are held.
René of Anjou: Tournament Book, 1406. [At Princeton],
Old French and English text of instructions on how to hold a tournement by King Rene of Anjou.
French National Assembly: Decree Abolishing Feudalism, 11 August 1789. [At Hanover]
Although not a medieval text, this decree of the French Revolutionary assembly is significant in determining what the modern term feodalisme meant.

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