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The author attempts to carry out a study of the language of law in mediaeval Bulgaria, of the legal vocabulary of the country, and this, from a historical perspective. He also attempts to present the branches of public law, i.e. those branches related to institutions, to the exercising of power and the state activities involved in that exercising. In a more general philosophical aspect, one could say that law is, by definition, conservative, and that this quality of law is manifested in its language. Law is part of the normative principle in society, and it is the purpose of norms to stabilise relations in society, not destroy them. The creation of the legal vocabulary and of a specialised legal language was also there work. An enormous part of the texts that the archbishop of Pannonia translated was juridical or parajuridical.

Keywords: legal vocabulary; mediaeval Bulgaria; public law

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