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The Dating Of Quadripartitus Again

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The Latin legal compilation known as Quadripartitus must be approached through the work of Felix Liebermann, who published the first systematic study of it in 1891 and printed its text discontinuously in the first volume of Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen between 1898 and 1903. This chapter aims to show how the evidence of the manuscripts provides grounds for thinking that 1108 is the last date at which any authorial alteration or addition was made to the text, which had been drafted some time earlier and revised within the previous couple of years. It argues that the Dedicatio, that is the earlier of the two prefaces to the first part of Quadripartitus, could well have been written before August 1100, when Henry became king. The Dedicatio should be relegated to a discussion of the early evolution of the work.

Keywords: Dedicatio; Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen ; Felix Liebermann; Quadripartitus



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