The textuality of law in the ninth century

Research Project

The leges barbarorum of the ‘second generation’– the laws of the Saxons, the Thuringians, the Frisians and the Chamavi (in modern-day Hamaland), composed soon after Charlemagne’s imperial coronation – combine Roman and Frankish legal traditions as well as ideas of social order deriving from other early medieval groups. At the same time, ninth-century historiographical texts reveal the adoption of specific Frankish Christian patterns of interpreting history even in regions that had only recently been integrated into the Carolingian empire. This subproject aims at a functional analysis of these multiplex processes of legal transfer.

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