John Hudson

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780198260301
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740640 | DOI:

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England


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This chapter presents conclusions for Part I of the book. The late Anglo-Saxon period gave us our word ‘law’, in the form of the Scandinavian loanword lagu. This made its first appearance for human law in the legislation of Edgar, with reference to the Danes in England. It then comes into wider use from Æthelred's reign, for instance with reference to English as well as Danish areas. Continuity and change from Alfred to 1066, diversity and uniformity, the place of the late Anglo-Saxon period in the development of English law are discussed.

Keywords: English law; Anglo-Saxon period; history of law; Alfred

Chapter.  3721 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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