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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1308: Law Materials: Legal Compendia and Their 'Sitz im Leben' in the Early Middle Ages

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Helmut Reimitz, Department of History, Princeton University
Moderator/Chair:Helmut Reimitz, Department of History, Princeton University
Paper 1308-aRoman Law in Use: The Case of Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Reg. Lat. 852
(Language: English)
Dominik Trump, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Index terms: Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1308-bThe 'Sitz im Leben' of the 9th-Century Capitulary Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Jennifer R. Davis, Department of History, Catholic University of America, Washington DC
Index terms: Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1308-cInside an Early Medieval Law Manuscript: Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek, Codex Blankenburgensis 130, and the Administration of the Kingdom of Italy in the 9th Century
(Language: English)
Stefan Esders, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Politics and Diplomacy

One of the most productive strands in recent scholarship on early medieval law has been detailed study of the Sitz im Leben of particular legal manuscripts, unpacking the context, legal resources employed, and signs of usage of particular codices. This methodology of studying early medieval law still has many insights to provide, especially for our understanding of the coexistence and variety of legal frameworks and orders that came to characterize the European legal landscape in the Christian West after the Fall of Rome. The papers will present specific case studies of manuscripts, and discuss how these manuscripts and compendia can help to explore the history of the social and legal realities that these compilations not only reflected but also shaped.