In Law | Book | Culture in the Middle Ages fifteen contributions are brought together, each taking a detailed view on the role of manuscripts and the written word in legal cultures and literate representations thereof. Four broad thematic approaches exploring the manuscript contexts and reception, of law and legal thought are considered: Law-Books, Law & Society, Legal Practice, and Text & Edition. The studies span the medieval period and reach across western and central Europe, closely considering facets of manuscript culture and legal literacies and practices from what are now Bulgaria, England, France and Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Wales.
Contributors are Rolf H. Bremmer, Jr., Hannah Burrows, Sonia Colafrancesco, Jan van Doren, Stefan Drechsler, Daniela Fruscione Pistoresi, Thom Gobbitt, Katherine J. Har, Lucy Hennings, Petar Parvanov, Fangzhe Dimurjan Qiu, Ben Reinhard, Sara Elin Roberts, Francesco Sangriso, and Chiara Simbolotti.
Thom Gobbitt, Ph.D. (2010), University of Leeds, UK, is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut für Mittelalterforschung of the Austrian Academy of the Sciences, Vienna. He has published on early English and Lombard law and law-books, and is currently working on the manuscripts of the Liber Papiensis in the long eleventh century.
Acknowledgements List of Figures and Tables Abbreviations Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Law | Book | Culture in the Middle Ages Thom Gobbitt
Part 1 Law-Books
1 Production and Content of the Fourteenth-Century Norwegian Law Manuscript Lundarbók Stefan Drechsler
2 Wulfstan and the Reordered Polity of Cotton Nero A.i Ben Reinhard
3 Liutprand’s Prologues in the Edictus Langobardorum Thom Gobbitt
4 More than Language: Law and Textual Communities in Medieval Frisia Rolf H. Bremmer Jr
5 Law, Law-Books and Tradition in Early Medieval Ireland Fangzhe Qiu
Part 2 Law & Society
6 De Divortio et de Resignatione: A Case of Carolingian Legal Precedent? Jan van Doren
7 Reading the Law in Royal Government: Ius Commune Texts and Administrative Mentalities in Thirteenth-Century England Lucy Hennings
8 Discussing London and the Regnum Anglorum after the 1204 Loss of Normandy Katherine J. Har
9 The Inviolable Right: Property and Power in Medieval Scandinavian Laws and Society Francesco Sangriso
Part 3 Legal Practice
10 Juridicial Dualism in Medieval Southern Italy: Studies on the Codex Diplomaticus Cavensis Sonia Colafrancesco
11 Mortuary Proxies: Archaeological Contextualization of Medieval Legal Practices Petar Parvanov
12 Expertise and Experience: Nuancing Terms for Legal Practitioners in the Íslendingasögur Hannah Burrows
13 Two Lombard Charters and Their Writers Daniela Fruscione
Part 4 Text & Edition
14 Lombard Juridical Tradition: A New Edition of Turin, Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria, MS F.IV.1 fr. 11 (Turin, BNU), a Fragment of the Lombarda with Glosses Chiara Simbolotti
15 ‘A Rather Laborious and Harassing Occupation’: The Creation of the Ancient Laws and Institutes of Wales (1841) Sara Elin Roberts
All interested in the history of medieval law and legal literacies, and the integrated roles of law-books and legal texts; particularly academic institutes and libraries, researchers, lecturers and postgraduate students.