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Felix Liebermann and Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen

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In 1883, the noted legal historians J. W. von Planck, Konrad von Maurer, and Heinrich Brunner approached the Royal Academy of Sciences in Munich about the need to re-edit the Anglo-Saxon laws. Liebermann embarked on what would become Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen by focusing on the material with which he felt most comfortable: the Anglo-Norman laws produced in the century following the Conquest. The first volume of the Gesetze appeared in installments beginning in 1898 and, by 1903, Liebermann was ready to release it in its entirety. In discussing Liebermann's personal life, some mention should be made of his religion, topic largely neglected by previous commentators. The three volumes of Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen remain both the foremost editorial accomplishment in the history of Anglo-Saxon studies and a lasting tribute to the man eulogized by Tout as "the last and deepest of the great German masters of our medieval antiquities"..

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon laws; Die Gesetze der Angelsachsen ; Liebermann; Royal Academy of Sciences



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