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The Body Legal in Barbarian Law, Hardback Book

The Body Legal in Barbarian Law Hardback

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
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780802097064

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