Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Lat. 4789

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Lat. 4789

Weltliches Recht im Frankenreich


Paris (France)
Bibliothèque Nationale
Lat. 4789

Siglum (by Eckhardt 1962): K 51

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1st quarter of the 10th century, Abby St Remigius in Reims (Eckhardt 1962 following Bischoff); 10th/11th century (Bischoff HA)

The codex was kept at Remigius Abbey in Reims during the 13th century: Liber Sancti Remigi Remensis vol. VIIXX et II (foll. 1r and 32v). Later it came into possession of the French king. On Nov. 25th 1810 Joseph Barrois purchased the codex for 150 Francs (Barrois nr. 201), and subsequently it came into the collection of Lord Ashburnham in 1849. Since 1885 it has been housed at the Bibliothèque nationale.

Physical description:

Material: Parchment
Quires: 7.IV56 + II60. Quire numbers: a-g.
Number: 60 foll.
Size: 135 x 100 mm
Text block: 107 x 75 mm
Lines: 16

Script: even minuscule by one hand; red headings in capitalis (fol. 1r) and uncial script
Binding: red leather on wood with golden coat of arms of the French king



  • 1r - 59v
    Lex Salica Karolina. Text and list of titles
  • 60r
  • 60v
    Note: De Sancto Gibriano (15th century) (Saint-Gibrien, dépt. Marne)
This extremely small-format codex was not completed at the end. The title list stopped on fol. 58r and was briefly continued in the 15th century on fol. 58v, only to terminate again; on fol. 59r-v there are merely numberings without rubrics. In the first title "mannire" has been replaced repeatedly by "bannire". [Karl Ubl]


  • Delisle 1874 p. 411
  • Eckhardt 1962 p. XXII
  • McKitterick 1989 p. 52
  • Bischoff HA Fiche 31, 7.58 (p. 20), Fiche 32, 8.40 (p. 24)
  • Hartmann 2008 p. 95 (n. 189), 326
  • Ubl 2017 p. 226, 237, 241, 251
  • Coumert 2023 p. 15
  • Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Regiae 3,3, Paris 1744, p. 632.
  • Léopold Delisle (Hrsg.), Catalogue des manuscrits des fonds Libri et Barrois, Paris 1888, p. 200-201.
  • Patrick Wormald, The Making of English Law. King Alfred to the Twelfth Century, Oxford / Malden 1999, p. 65 n. 180.

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