The Lombard Laws

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Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812200850
Release Date: 2010-11-24
Genre: History

Here presented for the first time in English are the law codes of the Lombard kings who ruled Italy from the sixth to the eighth centuries. The documents afford unparalleled insight into the structure and values of Germanic society.

The Laws of the Salian Franks

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Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812200508
Release Date: 2012-05-23
Genre: History

Following the collapse of the western Roman Empire, the Franks established in northern Gaul one of the most enduring of the Germanic barbarian kingdoms. They produced a legal code (which they called the Salic law) at approximately the same time that the Visigoths and Burgundians produced theirs, but the Frankish code is the least Romanized and most Germanic of the three. Unlike Roman law, this code does not emphasize marriage and the family, inheritance, gifts, and contracts; rather, Lex Salica is largely devoted to establishing fixed monetary or other penalties for a wide variety of damaging acts such as "killing women and children," "striking a man on the head so that the brain shows," or "skinning a dead horse without the consent of its owner." An important resource for students and scholars of medieval and legal history, made available once again in Katherine Fischer Drew's expert translation, the code contains much information on Frankish judicial procedure. Drew has here rendered into readable English the Pactus Legis Salicae, generally believed to have been issued by the Frankish King Clovis in the early sixth century and modified by his sons and grandson, Childbert I, Chlotar I, and Chilperic I. In addition, she provides a translation of the Lex Salica Karolina, the code as corrected and reissued some three centuries later by Charlemagne.

The Burgundian Code

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Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812201787
Release Date: 2010-11-24
Genre: History

"Gives the reader a portrayal of the social institutions of a Germanic people far richer and more exhaustive than any other available source."—from the Foreword, by Edward Peters From the bloody clashes of the third and fourth centuries there emerged a society that was neither Roman nor Burgundian, but a compound of both. The Burgundian Code offers historians and anthropologists alike illuminating insights into a crucial period of contact between a developed and a tribal society.

The Languages of Gift in the Early Middle Ages

Author: Wendy Davies
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521515177
Release Date: 2010-09-02
Genre: History

This book is a collection of original essays on gift in the early Middle Ages, from Anglo-Saxon England to the Islamic world. Focusing on the languages of gift, the essays reveal how early medieval people visualized and thought about gift, and how they distinguished between the giving of gifts and other forms of social, economic, political and religious exchange. The same team, largely, that produced the widely cited The Settlement of Disputes in Early Medieval Europe (Cambridge University Press, 1986) has again collaborated in a collective effort that harnesses individual expertise in order to draw from the sources a deeper understanding of the early Middle Ages by looking at real cases, that is at real people, whether peasant or emperor. The culture of medieval gift has often been treated as archaic and exotic; in this book, by contrast, we see people going about their lives in individual, down-to-earth and sometimes familiar ways.

Charlemagne s Courtier

Author: Paul Edward Dutton
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781442608504
Release Date: 1998-02-01
Genre: History

Among the readings included are several existing letters by Emma (Einhard's wife), The Life of Charlemagne, and The History of His Relics. The latter work transports us into an almost unknown world as Einhard, the cool rationalist, arranges for a relic salesman, a veritable bone seller, to acquire saints’ relics from Italy for installation into his new church. The reader is taken on an intrigue-filled trip to Rome, where Einhard's men creep into churches at night to steal bones and then spirit them away to Einhard in the north. The relics are received in town after town as if they were the living saints come to cure the infirm. Einhard's descriptions of the sick, the lame, and the blind of northern Europe vividly expose us to a side of medieval life too rarely encountered in other medieval sources.

The Corpus Iuris Civilis in the Middle Ages

Author: Charles M. Radding
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004154995
Release Date: 2007
Genre: History

This book traces the history of Justinian's Institutes, Code, and Digest from late antiquity to the juristic revival of the late eleventh century. It includes extensive discussion of manuscripts and other evidence, and plates of many important manuscripts that have never before been reproduced.

Vengeance in Medieval Europe

Author: Daniel Lord Smail
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781442601260
Release Date: 2009-01-01
Genre: History

How did medieval society deal with private justice, with grudges, and with violent emotions? This ground-breaking reader collects for the first time a number of unpublished or difficult-to-find texts that address violence and emotion in the Middle Ages. The sources collected here illustrate the power and reach of the language of vengeance in medieval European society. They span the early, high, and later middle ages, and capture a range of perspectives including legal sources, learned commentaries, narratives, and documents of practice. Though social elites necessarily figure prominently in all medieval sources, sources concerning relatively low-status individuals and sources pertaining to women are included. The sources range from saints' lives that illustrate the idea of vengeance to later medieval court records concerning vengeful practices. A secondary goal of the collection is to illustrate the prominence of mechanisms for peacemaking in medieval European society. The introduction traces recent scholarly developments in the study of vengeance and discusses the significance of these concepts for medieval political and social history.

Law and Jurisdiction in the Middle Ages

Author: Walter Ullmann
Publisher: Variorum
ISBN: UOM:39015014736089
Release Date: 1988
Genre: History

Walter Ullmann's contribution to the study of medieval political and legal thought needs no emphasis. In the present volume are collected a number of the early articles which it was not possible to include in his previous collections, together with others published since those volumes appeared. The articles display a striking consistency of approach, though in the more than forty years separating the earliest from the latest there is an obvious development in his thought. Ullman held the view that the law must be studied in its own historical context, as a function of society and a product of the factors which shaped social life; equally, he stressed the central position of the law in the study of medieval history, for its precise character meant that it could provide a more reliable probe into medieval beliefs and doctrine than any other form of evidence.

The Natural and the Supernatural in the Middle Ages

Author: Robert Bartlett
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521878326
Release Date: 2008-03-17
Genre: History

Exploration of how medieval people categorized the world, concentrating on the division between the natural and the supernatural.

Lovesickness in the Middle Ages

Author: Mary Frances Wack
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ISBN: UOM:39076001333967
Release Date: 1990-01
Genre: Social Science

Aruges that self-development and independence is not the selfish evil often portrayed. Commitment and interdependence are idealized by many. According to medieval physicians, love-sickness was an illness of mind and body caused by sexual desire and the sight of beauty. Wack offers a comprehensive analysis of the potentially fatal ailment in medieval culture--its forms and meanings in literature, courtly love, the cultural construction of illness, gender issues. The second part of the book contains annotated editions and translations of the Viaticum and its commentaries, studied for centuries in medical schools. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Laws of Late Medieval Italy 1000 1500

Author: Mario Ascheri
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004252561
Release Date: 2013-07-11
Genre: History

This book shows how the Italian legal system developed mainly thanks to the cooperation of universities. In this way a Continental 'common law' was built which even today is useful as a common heritage.