The Body Legal in Barbarian Law Hardback
by Lisi Oliver
Part of the Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series series
The sixth to ninth centuries saw a flowering of written laws among the early Germanic tribes.
These laws include tables of fines for personal injury, designed to offer a legal, non-violent alternative to blood feud.
Using these personal injury tariffs, The Body Legal in Barbarian Law examines a variety of issues, including the interrelationships between victims, perpetrators, and their families; the causes and results of wounds inflicted in daily life; the methods, successes, and failures of healing techniques; the processes of individual redress or public litigation; and the native and borrowed developments in the various 'barbarian' territories as they separated from the Roman Empire. By applying the techniques of linguistic anthropology to the pre-history of medicine, anatomical knowledge, and law, Lisi Oliver has produced a remarkable study that sheds new light on early Germanic conceptions of the body in terms of medical value, physiological function, psychological worth, and social significance.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages, 13 maps; 30 Illustrations, unspecified
- Publisher: University of Toronto Press
- Publication Date: 30/04/2011
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780802097064
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