Salic law

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the code of laws of the Salian Franks and other German tribes

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Germanic laws were seen as title deeds of Teutonic freedom and egalitarianism, with Lord Acton informing Cambridge students that the US Declaration of Independence could be dimly perceived in the ancient 'forests of Germany' (p.
Ancient Privileges discusses Germanic law and the editing of Beowulf, two subjects with more in common than might be thought.
Jurasinski dismisses the claim that Germanic law made no distinction between redress for murder and for manslaughter.