The Saxon Mirror: A Sachsenspiegel of the Fourteenth Century by Maria DobozyThe Saxon Mirror: A Sachsenspiegel of the Fourteenth Century by Maria Dobozy

The Saxon Mirror: A Sachsenspiegel of the Fourteenth Century

Translated byMaria Dobozy

Paperback | June 1, 1999

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The Sachsenspiegel, or Saxon Mirror, compiled in 1235 by Eike von Repgow, may be said to mark the beginning of vernacular German jurisprudence. For the first time, Maria Dobozy offers an English translation of this influential lawbook, the oldest, and most important, set of customary law in the German language.

This lawbook with its amendments marks a major shift in the history of German law from purely oral authority and transmission to a written documentation that allowed greater consistency in legal procedure. The reception of the lawbook was vast. It was rapidly adapted across Germany, as the four hundred manuscript versions demonstrate. Beyond Germany, it was copied as the paradigm for lawbooks in Prussia, Silesia, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, and Bohemia. These codes of law became the standard for over three hundred years.

The Sachsenspiegel contains a compilation of the legal practices at the time in Saxony, an ethnically mixed territory, and encompasses the legal customs and procedures that regulated the daily life of peasants and landlords. It is a multidimensional resource for anyone seeking insight into German and Central European culture in art, literature, linguistics, literacy, law, ethnic diversity, women, and the Bible.

Title:The Saxon Mirror: A Sachsenspiegel of the Fourteenth CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:263 pages, 9.3 × 6.26 × 1.05 inPublished:June 1, 1999Publisher:University Of Pennsylvania PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0812234871

ISBN - 13:9780812234879

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The oldest and most influential book about German customary law in European history is now available in this superb English translation by Maria Dobozy. The Saxon Mirror: A Sachsenspiegel of the Fourteenth Century is the text that saw the transfer of German law from the realm of oral authority to that of written. This book saw more than 400 manuscript editions find their way across Germany, with similar books published in places like Prussia, Silesia, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary and Bohemia.