Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Lat. 4759

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Lat. 4759

Weltliches Recht im Frankenreich

Repository:

Paris (France)
Bibliothèque Nationale
Lat. 4759

Siglum (by Eckhardt 1962): K 26

Digital image available at BnF


History:

Origin:
end of the 9th century, rather of East- than Westfrankish origin (Beyerle/Buchner); end of the 9th century, East of France, if not from Germany (Buchner); late 9th century (von Schwind); 2nd quarter of the 9th century, East France / “linksrhein.“ (Bischoff) (Kottje); 11th century (Eckhardt 1966, Bischoff HA); 2nd quarter of the 9th century (Eckhardt 1962 nach Bischoff); presumably 2nd quarter of the 9th century, same East French (?) scriptorium like Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Lat. 4759 B (Bischoff)

Provenance:
The codex come to Paris by Colbert's time (Codex Colbert No. 5418; Regius 5190.6.6).


Physical description:


Quires: 7.IV55 + III61 + IV69. No quire numbers.
Number: 70 foll. (fol. 14bis)
Size: 240 x 165 mm
Text block: 200 x 120-130 mm
Lines: 30

Script: several hands, minuscule of varying quality with various forms (a, g, n) and many ligatures (et, st, ex, st, ro, ri, re, rt, ri, ra), red numbering. Heading in Capitalis (LSal) and mixed uncial; from fol. 28 onwards no red headings, but in parts yellow accentuation of rubrics and initials
Binding: Red leather on wood with the coat of arms of the French king

Glosses:


Contents:

  • 1r
    empty. On top: Agian. f. nn. (as in Paris, lat. 4758: a reference to Saint-Agnan in Orléans?). Below: LEGUM LIBER (9th century).
  • 1v - 21r
    Lex Salica Karolina. Long prologue, list of titles and text. Fol. 9r on top: De lege salic. Baiuuariorum et Alamannorum. Stemma
  • 21r - 46r
    Lex Baiuvariorum. Prologue, list of titles and text (version E). Without incipit or denomination as Lex Baiuvariorum. Fol. 22r: INCIPIUNT CAPITULAE (!) DE ECLESIASTICIS REBUS DE LIBRIS LEGIS INSTITUCIONUM QUAE AD CLERUM PERTINENT SEU AECLESIARUM IURE. Fol. 29r: HOC DECRETUM EST APUD REGES ET PRINCIPES EIUS ET APUD CUNCTUM POPULUM CHRISTIANUM QUI INFRA REGNUM MERUUNGORUM CONSISTUNT. INCIPIT LEX BAIUUARIORUM. Stemma
  • 46v - 60v
    Lex Ribuaria. List of titles and text
  • 61r - 69v
    Lex Alamannorum. List of titles and text (1-48). Fol. 69v: ... si autem revocare non potest cum cccc sol. pon. DE EO QUI LIBERUM HOMINEM VEL FEMINAM LIBERAM INFRA PROVINCIAM VENDIDERIT
Contrary to Wormald, The Making of English Law, p. 66, this codex is not a later imitation of law codices from the leges scriptorium. Rather, it is likely to have been produced at the same time. Moreover, the manuscript does not collect together heterogeneous material of various origins, but has a consistent conceptual scheme. Various scribes are detectable, but their hands appear in different parts of the codex, and have either the same characteristic variants and ligatures or the script is in a very round style. How comprehensive the legal collection was remains unclear, since the end is missing. According to the note on fol. 1r, it was intended only as a collection of the leges. The codex contains minor corrections throughout the volume. There is insufficient space for marginal notes. [Karl Ubl]

References:

  • Krusch 1924 p. 103-105
  • von Schwind 1926 p. 183
  • Buchner 1940 p. 81
  • Beyerle / Buchner 1954 p. 36
  • Eckhardt 1962 p. XIX
  • Lehmann / Eckhardt 1966 p. 17
  • Kottje 1986 p. 21
  • Kottje 1987 p. 366, 372
  • Schott 1988 p. 105
  • McKitterick 1989 p. 5, 60
  • Poly 1992 p. 41 (n. 7 p. 57)
  • Bischoff HA Fiche 31, 7.57 (p. 19)
  • Hartmann 2008 p. 96 (n. 198), 332
  • Bischoff 2014 p. 101
  • Faulkner 2016 p. 218, 221-222, 256
  • Ubl 2017 p. 234, 237
  • Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Regiae 3,3, Paris 1744, p. 629.
  • Ruth Schmidt-Wiegand, Die kritische Ausgabe der Lex Salica - immer noch ein Problem, in: Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte. Germanistische Abteilung 76 (1959), p. 301-319, hier p. 314 n. 79.
  • Patrick Wormald, The Making of English Law. King Alfred to the Twelfth Century, Oxford / Malden 1999, p. 66 n. 189.

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