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Anglo-Saxon Law

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The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History

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2009
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Law, History
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The law of the various Germanic peoples who conquered much of Britain in the fifth and sixth centuries laid the

Anglo‐Saxon law and custom

Anglo‐Saxon law and custom   Reference library

The New Oxford Companion to Law

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2009
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Law
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700 words

The Anglo‐Saxon period, particularly from the end of the ninth century, has a very important place in the development of

compurgation

compurgation  

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The process whereby an accused person could call upon twelve people to swear to his innocence or the truth of his statement. It was abolished in 1833.
ordeal

ordeal  

An ancient test of guilt or innocence, especially among Germanic peoples, by subjection of the accused to severe pain, survival of which was taken as divine proof of innocence. In Anglo-Saxon and ...
outlawry

outlawry  

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Originated as the community's way of dealing with a violent or dangerous wrongdoer. A declaration of outlawry deprived the outlaw of the protection of the king and the law; his property was forfeit ...
trial by battle

trial by battle  

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Before the Norman Conquest, guilt or innocence in legal disputes were decided by compurgation, where a party would summon a number of ‘oath helpers’ to swear to the reliability of his oath, or ...

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