Tom Lambert's Law and Order in Anglo-Saxon England PDF

By Tom Lambert

legislation and Order in Anglo-Saxon England explores English criminal tradition and perform around the Anglo-Saxon interval, starting with the primarily pre-Christian legislation enshrined in writing by means of King Æthelberht of Kent in c. six hundred and dealing ahead to the Norman Conquest of 1066. It makes an attempt to flee the normal retrospective assumptions of criminal historical past, considering the past due twelfth-century universal legislation, and to set up a brand new interpretative framework for
the topic, extra delicate to modern cultural assumptions and useful realities.

The concentration of the quantity is at the upkeep of order: what constituted reliable order; what varieties of wrongdoing have been threatening to it; what roles kings, lords, groups, and members have been anticipated to play in preserving it; and the way that labored in perform. Its center argument is that the Anglo-Saxons had a coherent, solid, and enduring criminal order that lacks sleek analogies: it used to be neither state-like nor stateless, and wishes to be understood by itself phrases instead of as a version or
hybrid of those versions. Tom Lambert elucidates a distinctively early medieval realizing of the stress among the pursuits of people and groups, and a imaginative and prescient of ways that pressure needs to be controlled that, strikingly, treats strongly libertarian and communitarian positive factors as complementary.
Potentially violent, honour-focused feuding was once an fundamental point of valid felony perform during the interval, yet so too used to be fearsome punishment for types of wrongdoing judged socially threatening. legislation and Order in Anglo-Saxon England charts the advance of kings' involvement in legislations, in phrases either one of their authority to legislate and their skill to persuade neighborhood perform, providing an image of more and more formidable and powerful royal criminal innovation that relied more
on the cooperation of neighborhood communal assemblies than kings' sparse and patchy community of administrative officials.

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