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The works of Justinian’s Corpus Iuris Civilis were virtually unknown between the sixth and the eleventh centuries. Early medieval manuscripts of these works amount to no more than two fragments of the Justinian’s Institutes, one of which also contained an unknown quantity of the Justinian’s Digest; not even that much survives for the Justinian’s Code. The restoration of the Code and the first manuscripts of the Digest both seem to date from the 1070s and 1080s. No less significant, perhaps, is the absence of work dedicated to the Lombard law that can be attributed to the 1080s or later. Taken together, these trends suggest that the energy, expertise, and personnel which had developed in previous decades were turning more exclusively to Roman law.

Keywords: early middle ages; Justinian’s Corpus Iuris Civilis; Lombard law; Roman law



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