IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 156: Law and Legal Culture before Charlemagne

Monday 6 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste / Capitularia-Project
Organisers:Patrick Breternitz, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Dominik Trump, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Moderator/Chair:Jennifer R. Davis, Department of History, Catholic University of America, Washington DC
Paper 156-aThe Pippini Regis capitulare: The Role and Function of Capitulary Law under Pippin the Short
(Language: English)
Patrick Breternitz, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Index terms: Law, Political Thought
Paper 156-bThe Epitome Aegidii: Roman Law Before (and After) Charlemagne
(Language: English)
Dominik Trump, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Index terms: Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 156-c'Manumissio in ecclesia, manumissio in ecclesiam': When Churches Receive Slaves That Were Freed in Them
(Language: English)
Roy Flechner, School of History, University College Dublin
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Law, Social History
Abstract

This session focuses on Capitulary, Roman and Canon Law to examine the legal culture that existed or developed before Charlemagne. In the past, legal historians traditionally have interpreted the first two thirds of the 8th century only as a mere prelude to Charlemagne and his comprehensive legislation. In contrast to this view, recent research, however, has shown that the legal discourses before 768 were not quite the same as those that followed. By analysing legal documents and manuscripts, exploring contemporary discussions on legal issues, as well as by tracing legal developments, this session will re-examine the fascinating legal culture before Charlemagne.