Lex Francorum Chamavorum

1. Introduction

The Notitia vel commemoratio de illa ewa quae se ad Amorem habet originated from an inquiry by commisionaries of Charlemagne in a missaticum in the area of the present-day Netherlands. With regard to ecclesiastical issues the Lex Ribuaria served as a reference point. The text is also based on local legal traditions as well as on Charlemagne’s legal objectives after his coronation.

2. Edition

Rudolph Sohm (Ed.), Lex Ribuaria et Lex Francorum Chamavorum (MGH Fontes iuris VI), Hannover 1883.


3. Reading recommendations (2000 onwards)

  • Ruth Schmidt-Wiegand, “Lex Francorum Chamavorum”, in: Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde 18, 2001, 317-318.
  • Kees Nieuwenhuijsen, Ewa ad Amorem. Lex Francorum Chamavorum, engl. u. niederländ. Übersetzung (2005)
  • Thomas Faulkner, Carolingian Kings and the leges barbarorum, in: Historical Research 86 (2013), 443-464.
  • Peter Hoppenbrouwers, Leges Nationum and Ethnic Personality of Law in Charlemagne’s Empire, in: Jeroen Duindam / Jill Harries / Caroline Humfress /  Hurvitz Nimrod (Eds.), Law and Empire. Ideas, Practices, Actors (Rulers & Elites 3), Leiden / Bosten 2013, 251-274.
  • Heiner Lück, Art. “Lex Francorum Chamavorum”, in: Handwörterbuch zur deutschen Rechtsgeschichte 3, 22016, col. 884-886.

4. Further resources


5. Manuscripts [3]


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