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Legal history: England & common law tradition: Anglo-Saxon

Anglo-Saxon texts

Print resources

Gesetze der Angelsachsen Legal Hist L716.5a (Also available online to OU Members via HeinOnline see link below.)

OU members can also read  Ancient laws and institutes of England : comprising laws enacted under the Anglo-Saxon Kings...with an English translation of the Saxon, the laws .... (ed Thorpe, 1840)) both in print (Legal Hist E58b) and online. (via The Making of the Modern World see link below).

William Stubbs’ Select Charters and Other Illustrations of English Constitutional History, rev. H. W. C. Davis, 9th edn (Oxford, 1921) Order from SOLO using Request or read in the History Faculty Library. Note: The eighth edition (1905) is available online to OU Members via The Making of Modern Law database see link below

Electronic resources

The Early English Laws Project is fast becoming the authoritative source - and is freely available online. See link below.

Anglo-Saxon & Danelaw Centuries

King Aethelberht I of Kent c 600 AD had a collection of law written down, and this has survived. His example was followed by later Kings - both Anglo-Saxon and Dane (though not all have survived) - up to Edward the Confessor.

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Law, Anglo-Saxon

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English language   Old English, ca. 450-1100