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Law and Order in Anglo-Saxon England

Tom Lambert


Law and Order in Anglo-Saxon England explores English legal culture and practice across the Anglo-Saxon period, from the pre-Christian laws enshrined in writing by King Æthelberht of Kent in c.600 to the Norman Conquest of 1066. The book’s focus is the maintenance of order: what constituted good order; what forms of wrongdoing were threatening to it; what role kings, lords, communities, and individuals were expected to play in maintaining it; and how that worked in practice. Its core argument is that the Anglo-Saxons had a coherent, stable, and enduring legal order that lacks modern analogies: ... More

Keywords: law, Anglo-Saxon, order, feud, punishment, honour, community, the state, kings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198786313
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786313.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Lambert, author
Fellow in History, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge