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LEGAL CODE OF ALFRED THE GREAT

Aelfred, King of Wessex


Item #: 8629

Pages: viii,147p.
Published: Union; Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.; 2004.

Subjects: POLITICAL SCIENCE, RELIGION/THEOLOGY & THE LAW, UNITED KINGDOM

A legendary figure in Medieval history, Aelfred expelledthe Vikings from England and founded the first significantcentralized kingdom in present-day England and Wales. Alearned monarch, he was well-versed in Christian theologyand Classical thought. His legal code attempted to teachhis subjects about their duty, the king's authority and thecollective destiny of Wessex. Indeed, the preface containsa history of law beginning with the Ten Commandments, whichsuggests that he believed his subjects were a new people ofGod. Not a code or handbook in the conventional sense, itaimed to promote the king as a lawgiver on Roman andbiblical models. This edition contains the complete text ofthe code with full scholarly apparatus and an extensiveintroduction. Reprinted by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.Distributed by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

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