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The Burgundians were one of the East Germanic tribes. They first came into contact with the Roman Empire in the third century when they had established themselves just east of the Rhine along the Main River, where they and other groups of barbarians continually threatened the Roman frontier.

The Burgundians were one of the East Germanic tribes. For over a century longer the Romans were able to prevent the barbarian hordes from overrunning the Empire completely, but by the fifth century internal conditions within the Empire had so weakened it that the frontier garrisons and armies were no longer able or willing to maintain their defenses.

Book Description: "Gives the reader a portrayal of the social institutions of a Germanic people far richer and .

-from the Foreword, by Edward PetersFrom the bloody clashes of the third and fourth centuries there emerged a society that was neither Roman nor Burgundian, but a compound of both. The Burgundian Code offers historians and anthropologists alike illuminating insights into a crucial period of contact between a developed and a tribal society. eISBN: 978-0-8122-0178-9.

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The Burgundian Code offers historians and anthropologists alike illuminating insights into a crucial period of contact between a developed and a tribal society. -from the Foreword, by Edward Peters. From the bloody clashes of the third and fourth centuries there emerged a society that was neither Roman nor Burgundian, but a compound of both.

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The Burgundian Code: Book of Constitutions Or Law of Gundobad, Additional Enactments (Vol. 35. 35). University of Pennsylvania Press. The laws of Manu (Vol. 25). Clarendon Press. For instance, in the Burgundian codes indicates that the Burgundian constitution shall be preserved and issued in the name of God. The Burgundian codes also exhibit that the code was instituted because of the affection of justice in which God is delighted. It is also clear that Burgundian codes were implemented in the guidance of God. The Laws of Manu concurrently were religiously based.


Comments: (3)

Konetav
Too small of a font
Netlandinhabitant
This is just great! It was exactly what I was looking for and at a fair price as well. I highly recommend this product.
elektron
The Burgundian codes are pretty cool. Set down in the late 5th and early 6th centuries by two Germanic reges, Gundobad and Sigismund, they provide valuable insight into the growing synthesis of Roman and barbarian society.

Unlike church records, which can either be too gossipy or not gossipy enough, legal codes tend to cover and describe issues that magistrates might have to contend with. For example, in the Leges Burgundia there is a section that describes the penalties for stealing girls. From this one might conclude that at that place and time in history that there was a 'girl theft' problem.

Along this line - and to titillate you -- I offer the following crimes for your contemplation:

Of Horses Which have Bones and Sticks (Scindola) Tied to Their Tails

Of Knocking Out Teeth

Of Women Who Have Had Their Hair Cut in Their Own Courtyard

Besides the translations themselves, there is a nice introduction in this book that provides a little historical background to the work, as well as a brief discussion of the conflict that existed between customary law and statutory law.

Dr. Drew also discusses throughout the book various pertinent topics such as: what the heck is a 'solidi'; and what is 'wergeld'.

Four Stars. [B-] Nice little book that presents a readable translation of Lex Burgundia. A little history is provided along with intelligent commentary by Dr. Drew. The reader does not need any Latin to appreciate and enjoy.

HOWEVER-- the Code (Lex Burgundia) itself is a little dull and I think someone interested in this topic might do better with the more lively Lombard Laws (Rothair's Edict) which is available in translation by Dr. Drew.

An excerpt of a penalty follows:

Anyone who draws out his sword or dagger for striking another, and does not strike him let him pay a fine of twelve solidi. If he strikes him, let him likewise pay twelve solidi and be judged according to the inflicted would.
The Burgundian Code: Book of Constitutions or Law of Gundobad, Additional Enactments download epub
Politics & Government
ISBN: 0585113599
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
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