Rethinking the Leges Henrici Primi
Rabin, Andrew, Jurasinski, Stefan and Oliver, Lisi (eds.)
In English Law before Magna Carta: Felix Liebermann and Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen.
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This essay demonstrates that the Leges Henrici Primi, the most important legal text surviving from early twelfth-century England, has been comprehensively misunderstood because modern readers have been misled by the considerable interpolations in the text. The essay exposes the interpolations and shows how the text should be understood as a tract on the hundred court; moreover, it argues that its author should now be identified as an anonymous hundred bailiff.
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