The Bibliotheca legum project is currently undergoing a technical review. For your convenience, we try to keep the website accessible for most of the time, but with limited functionalities. End of December, the website will be down for maintenance for some time.


What is law? It is hard to answer this question with respect to modern society. It becomes even more difficult if one attempts to approach this issue regarding the so-called “Dark Ages”.

The Bibliotheca legum regni Francorum manuscripta aspires to do so with a focus on the legal knowledge that was disseminated in the Frankish Kingdom. The website presents descriptions of manuscripts which contain the so-called leges or barbarian law-codes. At present, 330 short descriptions are available. In addition to that, the database also provides contextualizing informations and tries – for example by means of a comprehensive bibliography – to represent the current state of research as complete as possible. External resources like online catalogues and digital images are also included.

We are constantly working to enhance and improve this website. – A reason to stop by regularly!

The Bibliotheca Legum Team